LaShawn Faith Washington is a first-generation college graduate and a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, with a minor in Afro-American Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Dallas, Texas native, LaShawn is a two-time graduate of The University of Texas-Austin receiving an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction – Cultural Studies in Education, and a B.A. in Government (Honors). Her research employs Black Feminism theory to explore Black women’s intersectional identities and experiences in higher educational contexts. LaShawn has presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA), Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), The National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA), Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Additionally, LaShawn is a commissioned Spoken Word Poet, a previous Posse Foundation Mentor for the UW-Madison Chicago Cohort (2020-2022), a Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER) Fellow, and her most recent publication was featured in the 2nd ed. of Diversity and inclusion on Campus: Supporting racially and ethnically underrepresented students (Winkle-Wagner & Locks, 2019).