Sonyia Richardson is a Ph.D. student in the Curriculum and Instruction: Urban Education program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has over 15 years of social work experience including entrepreneurship, management, nonprofit development, and directing a university counseling center. Additionally, she has over eight years of educational experience teaching undergraduate and graduate social work courses. Her research interests include educational policy reform and social justice among faculty of color at primarily white institutions.