Dr. Sheila Witherspoon is an Associate Professor in Counselor Education at South Carolina State University in the Department of Human Services.  Dr. Witherspoon received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Carolina; and her Masters of Education and Bachelor of Arts degree from South Carolina State University.  She is currently a student in the M.S. in Instructional Design, with a concentration in Online Learning at Walden University.  Her expertise in higher education in both academic (masters and doctoral) and college student affairs (admissions counselor and recruiter and academic advisor) spans over 25 years.  The qualitative researcher studies the impact of school climate on school counselor advocacy, and the online educational experiences of doctoral students of color, most specifically the impact of Sense of Community (SoC) and microagressions on dissertation completion.  She gives back to her community by participating in counseling, education, and civic organizations such as the American Counseling Association, Black Doctoral Network, Inc., Southern Regional Education Board, Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, Palmetto State School Counseling Association (South Carolina) New Brunswick Education Foundation, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.