Dr. Shannon Marie Williams received her PhD in Community Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. Dr. Williams was the Director of TRIO Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) including both federally-funded Department of Education programs: Student Support Services (SSS) and Upward Bound (UB) Programs, where she also initiated the first annual First-Generation College Student Celebration and co-led STEM initiatives, conferences and grants. At DePaul, she has worked with the Arnold Fellows Mitchem Program, and both the TRIO McNair Scholars and TRIO Student Support Services Programs, within the Center for Access & Attainment. She was also the recent inaugural TRIO McNair Scholars Director at Roosevelt University. She has always been passionate about diversity, along with guiding and supporting other low-income, marginalized, first-generation college students to succeed in college and beyond, also connected to her experiences as a previous McNair Scholar. She served as the Illinois TRIO member of the Emerging Leaders Institute within the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) and was the keynote speaker at the EOA National TRIO McNair Research Conference. In addition, Dr. Williams had the opportunity to engage in the Global Growth Experience in Dublin, Ireland during her doctoral studies, teaching and conducting research, and later taking students overseas to multiple countries for their own abroad research experiences. Dr. Williams has joined with the FBA Masterclass team in 2021 as the Chief of Product with a focus on improving the student experience, from the 20 unit challenge to course restructuring, surveys and student feedback for updates. She has years of teaching and curriculum experience along with APR reports/evaluations, data, grants, research, publications, speaking events, budgets, recruitment, advising, supervising, etc. In her spare time, she is a soccer player (Division 1 athlete, semi-pro and played in several countries) and actress (catch her in some of your favorite shows/movies!) who loves to travel around the world! She enjoys dancing, water adventures, spending time with her family and learning about new cultures.
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