Tina Akinyi Helps First-Year Students from Des Moines Public and Perry School Districts
Tina Akinyi is the new DMACC GEAR UP Iowa
Coordinator who will help first-year college students from the Perry and
Des Moines Public School Systems in their journey toward success.
Akinyi served as an academic advisor at the DMACC Urban Campus prior to her new role.
Akinyi has experience as an instructor and tutor at ISU as well as a research assistant at the Ames National Lab.
Tina Akinyi, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, and now living in Ames, has been hired as the
DMACC GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
Iowa Coordinator. In this position, Akinyi will work with GEAR UP
students from the Des Moines Public and Perry School Districts who are
in their first year at DMACC.
UP Iowa is charged with significantly increasing the number of students
who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The
Iowa College Student Aid Commission administers GEAR UP Iowa in
partnership with the Iowa Department of Education and other state
agencies, local school districts, postsecondary educational
institutions, and community organizations, businesses and industries.
UP Iowa helps schools create a college-going culture and provides
families and students from the class of 2020 the resources to help in
their journey toward success.
Akinyi said she will be assisting
students as they transition into a postsecondary education at DMACC. She
will support academic skill building, monitor GEAR UP student grades,
track class attendance and academic progress in order to foster on-time
graduation, and be a resource, advocate, mentor and role model for GEAR
Akinyi obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees
in Engineering from Iowa State University. During her time at Iowa
State, she had an opportunity to engage in extensive academic and
experiential research on the post-secondary recruitment, matriculation,
retention and graduation of all students, especially those
from systemically disadvantaged backgrounds.
In addition to this,
Akinyi was a supplemental instructor and tutor for various undergraduate
STEM courses at ISU, and a research assistant for the Ames National Lab
in the areas of simulation, modeling and decision science.
“Through these experiences and interactions with students,
Tina developed a passion to
advocate for college students, and the desire to disrupt systems that
inhibit them from attaining their highest potential both academically
and personally," said Dr. Ahmed Agyeman, DMACC Community and Global
Prior to her positon as GEAR UP Coordinator,
Akinyi was an academic advisor at the DMACC Urban Campus. In her new
role, she will be housed on the Ankeny Campus and Urban Campuses but
will have district-wide responsibilities.
Akinyi said she is excited to be part of the DMACC family.
believe that our students, leaders, educators and staff are truly the
best," Akinyi said. “I'm looking forward to contributing to
DMACC's commitment to creating and sustaining a creative, diverse, just
and inclusive college community."
To get ahold of Akinyi, email her at
For more information, contact: Ahmed Agyeman (515) 964-6271 or Tina Akinyi (218) 252-5869