La Shonda Coleman currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and University Title IX Coordinator at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
In her role, she has successfully helped to develop and implement numerous university-wide programs and initiatives, including Pepperdine’s Strategic Plan 2030, Resilience Informed Skills Education (RISE), Title IX Step Up Leadership Program, Pepperdine Waves Food Cabinet, and the Student Emergency Fund. These programs empower students to overcome adversities and thrive in and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of Pepperdine’s Athletic Diversity Council in 2018 and the inaugural NCAA Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Designee, La Shonda has partnered with Athletics to curate spaces where students are seen, heard, and loved. Given her expertise she has been the recipient of numerous awards and has served as a consultant to national and international committees, task forces, and organizations. Guided by a commitment to removing barriers that compromise the well-being of marginalized identities, she has been actively involved with organizations such as the Thirst Project, the Racial Solidarity Project, Breathe for Change, A Window Between World and her own Trauma and Healing Colour program.
La Shonda is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois.
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