Sheneese Thompson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she began exercising her love for academia while participating in the nationally recognized Philadelphia Freedom Schools. Honing her leadership skills and love for service throughout her tenure, she was able to land the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which paid her way to Howard University. As an Africana Studies Major and Human Development Minor, she was affiliated with a number of campus and off-campus organizations including Ubiquity Incorporated, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Association, The Tom Burrell Fellowship, and graduated in May 2014 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Immediately following her graduation, she enrolled into the Masters Program at Boston University and earned her master’s degree in African American Studies in May of 2015. At The Ohio State University’s Department of African American and African Studies, she hopes to be able to continue her commitment to academia as both a scholar and a professor.