As a first-generation immigrant in the United States, Shanna’s passion for equity in education stems from her own experience matriculating through the education system. Fueled by this passion, Shanna began her career journey in higher education working with underrepresented students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Historically White Institutions. Prior to joining EOS, much of Shanna’s experience was centered around initiatives to invite conversation of anti-racism, power, privilege and oppression on college campuses through training and programmatic efforts. Shanna is an alumna of the University of Central Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received her graduate degree in Higher Education.
Shanna believes that education is the foundation for access and equity to many systems. Shanna joined EOS because she is passionate about making a difference in the education system for marginalized students through advocacy and challenging adult behavior and mindsets in order to improve student outcomes. Her philosophy is that public education should be a foundation for all students to build upon their inherent knowledge and experiences to increase student’s worldview, encourages intellectual thought, and opportunities for success.
In her spare time, Shanna enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, researching and writing on topics related to equity in education as well as reading a good book. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.