Shakayla Lawrence earned her Associate’s Degree from Kingsborough Community College, where she graduated with honors and gained recognition as a Kaplan Educational Foundation Scholar and a community liaison. She is extremely engaged in her community and has an unwavering commitment to social justice and educational opportunity. Shakayla has a son and attended Smith College and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Sociology. Upon graduating from Smith, Shakayla plans on pursuing a joint JD and Ph.D. program. Ultimately, she aspires to establish her own non-profit organization to help the educational advancement of minorities and young mothers.