LaShawn Faith Washington is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, with a minor in Afro-American Studies. A Dallas, Texas native, LaShawn is a proud first-generation non-traditional community college graduate, and a two-time alumna of The University of Texas-Austin receiving an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction–Cultural Studies in Education, and a BA in Government (Honors). Her research explores the navigational tools, practices, theories, and programs Black women utilize within higher education as a result of their intersectional identities. She is a Wisconsin Center for Educational Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been invited to present her research at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), The National Association for Student Affairs Professionals (NASPA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE).