About Me

Dr. Shonda Goward, is passionate about first generation, economically challenged college students because she was one.  Shonda attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an out-of-state student, and graduated with a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science.  However, being first generation and low-income, definitely presented challenges that were vastly different than those of her peers.

Upon completing a Master of Arts degree in English, Shonda began working in higher education as both a lecturer in writing, and admissions officer, and saw many students excited to be admitted to a university, but wholly unaware of what to do next or how to succeed in the classroom.

At present she is studying economically challenged students and their experiences on selective campuses.

To contact please email: shonda at firstgenerationu.org