LaShunda Hill
Class of 2010

B.S. Sociology, and Political Science: Public Policy
B.A. Humanities: International Studies
Minors: English and American Language and Literature
              Africana Studies
Highest Departmental Honors in Political Science

As an undergraduate, LaShunda took full advantage of opportunities to enrich her educational experience outside the classroom, serving internships with the Tennessee state legislature in Nashville and with the Constituency for Africa in Washington, D.C., studying abroad for a semester at the University of Ghana, and participating in the Woodrow Wilson School's Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute at Princeton University. 
In Chattanooga, her energy and involvement were no less impressive. She served as a Cultural Exchange Ambassador for UTC's Cooperative Education and International Programs Office, and was actively involved in the Pre-Law Club, the UTC chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Political Science Club. In addition, she has served as an Upward Bound counselor and tutored at the Student Success Center. LaShunda was awarded a Brock Scholars Student Assistantship to work with Dr. Melissa Anyiwo with the development of the Africana Studies program and with the implementation of events sponsored by the H.H. Battle Professorship in African-American Studies.
It was no surprise, then, that LaShunda was named a national Harry S. Truman Scholar in her junior year, or that she went on to Harvard University for her graduate work, earning a Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice. LaShunda is now a state public policy strategist with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, D.C., seeking better solutions for troubled communities. “We need to ignore the ‘silos’” she says, “and start looking at the interactions—between mental health, social work, delinquency and justice prevention, educational policy, and family engagement.”