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Mildred Trent joined the staff of the College of Education and Office of Diversity around 1984. A constant source of encouragement, Dean Trent was a gracious leader, mentor, educator and friend to students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and community members throughout the extended University of Illinois system. Dean Trent motivated others to achieve their highest potential. She welcomed everyone from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures, abilities, and identities. Her daily life demonstrated a respect for humankind and a true love for the University of Illinois.