Lashanta Richardson (she/her/hers) is an alumna of UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies and a minor in Urban Youth and Communities. Before her service with the University Center for Academic Excellence (UCAE), Lashanta worked at Harding University High School as a Reach Instructional Associate with the assignment of providing supplemental instruction for underperforming students. She joined the University, specifically the UCAE, with the same desire to be an asset to college students in need of a “push” academically. Lashanta worked for the UCAE as a Front Desk Assistant during her undergraduate studies and now serves as the UCAE’s Program Specialist for Student Success. Combining her career aspirations with her passions, Lashanta takes pride in serving the community through her initiative The HIP-HOPpotunity Project; This is an initiative that provides free Hip-Hop centered workshops for underprivileged youth and financial aid to non-profit organizations through Hip-Hop centered events. Lashanta created this initiative around the belief that success is best achieved with the availability and accessibility of (culturally) relevant opportunities. She believes strongly in this idea as she strives to continue learning and growing so that her experiences can be used as a ladder to success for others.