BiographyShanna Graham joined the Residence Life professional staff in July 2016. Ms. Graham supervises Gleason Hairston Terrace Hall which is comprised of 9 undergraduate staff members and over 400 first-year, upperclassmen and college athlete student residents. Ms. Graham received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. During her time there, Ms. Graham worked with Residence Life for three years as a Resident Assistant, Community Assistant, Program Coordinator and held Office in the National Residence Hall Honorary Association. In May 2015, Ms. Graham received her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. During her two year tenure at UConn, Ms. Graham worked as the graduate assistant for the Office of Student Services and Advocacy and the African American Cultural Center. In between Ms. Graham's two years at UConn, she completed an internship for Student Support Services working directly in an advisory counseling role to first-generation students in addition to serving as a supervisor for Summer Conference Housing. In May 2015, Ms. Graham worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at the University of South Carolina-Columbia campus where she supervised 17 undergraduate staff members and oversaw the Opportunity Scholars Trio First Generation Scholars living learning community and the Journalism and Mass Communications living learning community.
Ms. Graham has dedicated her time to working with first generation college students and finding successful strategies geared toward the development of these students. Identifying as a first-generation student, Ms. Graham's motivation for pursuing the Higher Education and Student Affairs field consists of having the opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of students-to be able to empower, engage and mentor college students to reach their full potential and to find what their passions are.
Her professional interests include developing mentoring programs that promote academic success and personal student development, student leadership development, Residential Curriculum development, and staff training development. Her personal interests include being a Zumba fitness instructor, traveling, cooking and playing with dogs.