LaShanda Boone

LaShanda Boone

LaShanda R. Boone, Ph.D., serves as the Vice President of Multicultural Services at St. Louis Community College, where her unwavering dedication to fostering an inclusive and diverse campus environment is a cornerstone of her leadership. With over twenty-five years of experience in education, Dr. Boone brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role, promoting cultural awareness and equity across the institution.

Dr. Boone’s academic journey is a testament to her commitment to education and diversity. She earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, focusing her research on the impact of social-emotional competence on academic achievement and career success within urban school systems. Her master’s degree in adult and higher education from the same institution and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Benedict College further enriches her professional profile.

Throughout her career, Dr. Boone has been a passionate advocate for underrepresented groups, tirelessly developing innovative programs and initiatives that support the academic and personal growth of all students. Her pioneering approach includes implementing cultural competency training, mentorship programs, diversity workshops, etc., significantly enhancing the campus climate and contributing to a more inclusive community.

Under Dr. Boone’s leadership, the Office of Multicultural Services has launched several key initiatives, including a comprehensive support network for first-generation college students. These efforts have not only raised awareness but also created significant and tangible change within the campus culture, paving the way for a more inclusive future.

Dr. Boone is also an accomplished scholar and speaker. She frequently presents at national conferences on diversity, equity, inclusion, enrollment management, and underrepresented students’ persistence in higher education and is often sought after for her insights and expertise.

Dr. Boone’s commitment to diversity and inclusion extends beyond her professional role. She is deeply engaged in the community, serving on the board of several organizations dedicated to social justice and educational equity.

As Vice President of Multicultural Services, Dr. Boone continues to inspire and lead with a vision of creating a campus where diversity is celebrated and every student can thrive.

Dr. Boone’s dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment at St. Louis Community College makes her a pivotal member of the institution’s leadership team. She drives forward the mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion.