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 My name is Shawn Gaines. I am from Tappahannock, Virginia and I will be a senior this fall here at Longwood University (which will start the fourth year of my undergraduate education). I am a Communication Studies major and my concentration is Organizational Communication and Public Relations. I am involved with the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council and I work in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as a student aid to the director.

Throughout my time at Longwood, I worked as the Programming Chair for the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council. I was responsible for coordinating several educational programs that promoted the celebration and advocacy for people of all social identities. Through this experience I was able to increase my ability to work collaboratively with others. I engaged my peers as we navigated sensitive issues pertaining to diversity. I have facilitated small group discussions and gave presentations on Social Justice. These experiences have allowed me to asses my entry point into the world and have further enhanced my ability to advocate and educate others about diversity and social justice. My work with the Student Diversity and Inclusion Council has given me a greater understanding of myself while building my ability to communicate with people who have different ideas.

Work experience

Aug 2012Present

Resident Assistant

Longwood University Residential and Commuter Life

Worked directly with 50 students to ensure that all basic living conditions were met. Fostered and created a living and learning environment for residents. Organized and co-created programs which provided residents with educational opportunities.

Jan 2011Aug 2011

Assistsant Student Activites Coordinator

Rappahannock Community College

Worked directly with the student body to organize and plan events that would foster a greater sense of the community and create an engaging and active campus environment. Maintained the front desk where I directed students to classrooms and provided information on the various services of the community college.

Dec 2010Jul 2011


Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

Interned with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to plan and create a Youth conference for 400 students across the state of Virginia. I worked collaboratively with five other team members to schedule and facilitate group activities for student participants.


Aug 2011Present

Bachelor of Arts

Longwood University

My will be receiving my degree in the winter of 2013. My concentration is organizational communication and public relations. I have worked on several large projects that reflect the skills of planning, group facilitation and collaboration. In my organizational Communication class, I oversaw five other team members as we planned and organized a fundraiser for a local non-profit. I Delegated responsibilities and set deadlines for assigned tasks. Maintained a positive work environment. Collective efforts raised over 400 dollars.