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Shanise Lecture

Rev. Shanise Talia Williams is a seasoned professional with a diverse range of experiences and a deep commitment to social justice and empowerment. With a Master's Degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, complemented by a Master's Degree in Social Justice, Rev. Shanise brings a unique perspective to her work, informed by both academic rigor and real-world activism. Her professional journey includes roles such as Lead Research Analyst at Empowering Counseling Program in Chicago, where she spearheaded data organization and analysis efforts, contributing to enhanced efficiency and informed decision-making.


As a Policy and Leadership Research Intern at Erikson Institute, Rev. Shanise led research initiatives for the Raising Illinois Racial Equity toolkit and provided valuable insights to government officials and research agencies on diverse political issues. Her commitment to community empowerment is further evidenced by her founding of Close-Knit Communities Coalitions, where she managed operations and successfully organized impactful events and campaigns.

With a solid foundation in academia, including ongoing PhD studies in Organizational Leadership at Regent University, Rev. Shanise is equipped to address complex challenges with innovative solutions. Her skills in data analysis, project management, and social media coordination have been honed through diverse professional experiences, including her tenure as a Senior Social Media Coordinator at Verizon Communications.

Rev. Shanise's dedication to social justice extends beyond her professional endeavors, as evidenced by her involvement in coordinating local Women's Marches, Black Lives Matter Rallies, and Equal Rights Act rallies. She is also an active volunteer with AmeriCorps and serves as a Campus Ambassador for students with disabilities, reflecting her commitment to inclusivity and advocacy.

With her impressive academic credentials, professional expertise, and unwavering dedication to social change, Rev. Shanise is poised to make a lasting impact in her field and beyond.

Rev. Shanise Talia Williams

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