Ashley Hixson is a student affairs practitioner, social entrepreneur, and advocate of social reform for populations of disadvantaged backgrounds. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Business Management from Georgia Southern University and later earned a Master of Social Work from University of South Carolina. Her primary work has been in higher education and community involvement.
Ashley has over five years experience in student development and career services and uses those experiences to engage future professionals. As an undergraduate, she was selected for the competitive Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which is a federally funded TRIO program that prepares first-generation minority students for doctoral studies. While in this rigorous program, Ashley gained her interest in minority students and their pursuit of higher education.
Her desire to start The Collegiate Voice derived from her personal experience as a student and her work in the field. While the media consistently underrepresents higher education attainment of the Black community and perpetuates the “crabs in a bucket” theory , the TCV Project encourages and highlights Black professionals who willingly dedicate their time and support to encourage young scholars.
Ashley has worked at both two-year and 4-year institutions. She currently serves as an academic advisor where she manages various student retention programs. She is also a faculty member in the Social Work Department at her current university where she empowers her students to explore their perspectives on social justice issues beyond the classroom.
Ms. Hixson has presented at several state and national conferences on student development. She was the 2012 Recipient of the Outstanding New Professional at a Two-Year College. In addition to her engagement with students at the university, Ashley has worked in tandem with many organizations in the community. She was invited as a speaker and panelist for the Detroit National Alumnae Association of Spelman College Girls Empowerment Summit, Girls Inc. of Greater Columbia, Summer in the City, and Pre-College TRIO Programs.
Ashley is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Michigan-College Personnel Association (MCPA), and National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Shayla Craighead is a native of Detroit and truly embodies a “hustla’s spirit” work ethic. She is diligent in her work and has a sincere passion in helping people discover the best of their best. Shayla brings an immense amount of knowledge and experience in connecting with people.
When it comes to working with students, Miss Craighead is no stranger. She served as an orientation leader at her university, a peer facilitator, and has worked in student services. For the past two years, the career center at her university has offered Shayla the opportunity to interview employers and career fair attendees regarding their perspectives on the career fair. In addition to serving as the Media Relations Manager, she is excited to connect with students and host TCV highlight interviews where students share their accomplishments inside and outside of the classroom.
Shayla is currently a Public Health Major and has an interest in healthcare. She takes her academics very seriously and has mastered the art of balancing her education, work, and personal life.
Christeen Williams brings many talents to the The Collegiate Voice Project. She is from Albion, a small town outside of Battle Creek, Michigan. Not only does she consistently demonstrates maturity and professionalism, but she knows the value in premier customer service. She is creative and focuses on the details throughout the completion of her work. She is excellent at developing processes for program efficiency. She is the Project Developer and has implemented ideas that extends far beyond the initial programming initiatives.
Christeen has worked in student services and has a gift for problem-solving in order to assist her peers. From her own collegiate experiences, Christeen understands students and often advises her colleagues on ideas they can use to continue with their academic persistence through college.
Christeen is a Political Science Major and plans to attend law school immediately at graduation. She is looking forward to connecting with other students.