Senior Director of University Partnerships
Boys Hope Girls Hope International (MO)
Ms. LaShone Gibson joined Boys Hope Girls Hope International (BHGH) in May 2017 as their first-ever Senior Director of University Partnerships and Academic Excellence. In this role, LaShone strategizes the identification, development and sustainability of multifaceted collaborations with selective colleges and universities centered on creating access to and throughout the admission/enrollment process, exploring specific avenues for on-campus inclusion and retention, and prioritizing efforts to maximize affordability options for first-generation, lower-income, underrepresented BHGH Scholars to achieve their aspirations of higher education. After establishing the BHGH University Partnership Program in Fall 2017, LaShone has grown its membership to include both public and private institutions - all of whom have the common denominator of a demonstrated commitment to provide inclusive academic, social and financial support for BHGH Scholars.
Ms. Gibson has contributed to the Academy in ways that have earned local, regional and international recognition. Saint Louis University named her as 2017 SLU Woman of the Year, and the St. Louis Business Journal selected her for their annual “Top 40 under 40” issue for the Class of 2014. LaShone is also a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the NAFSA Dorothy Brickman Award for Outstanding New Professional in International Education. She holds a Master of International Studies from North Carolina State University where she published ethnographic research concerning the impact of international tourism upon indigenous peoples of Guatemala. She earned her BA in Spanish/International Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she also became a certified translator.
Presently, LaShone is pursuing her doctorate of Higher Education Administration at Saint Louis University. Her research and coursework is focused on non-academic factors that influence the college-going process, acculturation to college, retention practices and graduation rates of first-generation, lower-income students of color at selective colleges and universities. She is also working to secure a Certificate of Disability Services Administration within her doctoral program at SLU, inspired to do so by her nephew’s path to college as a student with autism.
PhD Candidate - Doctorate of Philosophy, Higher Education Administration and Leadership, 2021
Saint Louis University (MO)
MA - Master of Arts in International Studies, 2004
North Carolina State University
BA - Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language/International Business, 2000
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“I believe I would make a good fit to the Faculty Advisory Committee because of my capacity to motivate and empower others to explore their role as agents of change within matters critical to expanding access and inclusion for underrepresented students in systems of higher education. Using my background as a faculty-administrator at Saint Louis University and currently as a scholar-practitioner of inclusive post-secondary practices and policies, I frequently moderate dialogue with diverse audiences interested in issues of diversity and access. I prioritize active listening coupled with probing questions supported by literary insights and data-driven concepts to cultivate robust, thought-provoking discussions.”