Shelby Mack is a proud former community college student, who graduated from West Los Angeles Community College in the spring of 2015, where she earned her Legal Secretary Certification and an Associate's Degree in Sociology (honors cum laude). She then transferred to the University of California Berkeley in the Spring of 2016, where she earned her BA in American Studies. During her time at UC Berkeley, she participated in many prestigious academic programs and clubs such as: the Undergraduate Haas Scholars Research Program (cohort of 2017-2018), Undergraduate Research Ambassador for Students of Color (2017-2018), Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient (2018) for the Center for Race and Gender and was the Black Programs Director for the Black Student Union (2016-2017) - these are just a few of her many accomplishments.
Following graduation, Ms. Mack was the Post-Baccalaureate Shinnyo-en Fellow for Berkeley’s Public Service Center. As a Shinnyo fellow, she worked as a 6th grade Poetry Teacher and Research Fellow for the African American Female Excellence Program (AAFE) – the first school in the United States to create a Black female enrichment program at West Oakland Middle School. Her service project, “Empowering and Healing Girls of Color through Performing Arts,” incorporated peace building, mindfulness, and sisterhood in teaching girls not only how to identify systemic oppressions, gender violence, and family trauma they face but also how to create healing, gender empowerment, and social change through narrative art.
Ms. Mack also participated in the post-baccalaureate research education program at Yale University. As a Yale ESI-PREP Research Scholar (cohort of 2019-2020), she worked with Professor Roderick Ferguson, who is the Professor of American Studies and the Chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Yale University. Beginning Fall 2020, Ms. Mack will pursue a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.