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BW Diversity & Inclusion Crown Event

THE CROWN ACT and Natural Hair in the Workplace

A Pre Business Week Virtual Zoom Panel Event | Discussing the CROWN Act and addressing the biases associated with cultural hairstyles in the workplace.

Event Date: Tuesday, January 26th 6:30 PM CT

Where: Virtually on Zoom


  • Shavonda Mitchom | ISU Alumna, B.S. in Math and Economics
  • Destinee Guice | ISU Graduate Student
  • Dr. Ashley Hicks | Assistant to Dean of Student Services

The dress is business casual.

REGISTRATION for this event is OPEN.  

Zoom code will be emailed to attendees Monday, January 25th by 4 pm. 

If you have any questions or for more information,  please send an e-mail to .


Shavonda MitchomShavonda Mitchom serves as the Director of Business Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In this role, she helps the College to navigate complex fiscal issues, while exploring new and innovative ways to manage responsibly the finances of the college and the university.

Ms. Mitchom is an alum of Illinois State University, having obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics with minors in Mathematics and Business Administration. She also has a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Ms. Mitchom has extensive professional experience that includes institutions of higher education such as Purdue University and Washington University in St. Louis.

She has also worked on the federal level assisting with bank examination and regulation for the U.S. Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Banks in Chicago and St. Louis. She enjoys teaching others about finance, spending time with family, and promoting natural hair to boost self-love and confidence in African-American women and girls.


Destinee GuiceDestinee Guice is a second year communication studies major with a focus in language and knowledge construction, African American rhetoric, and racial injustices.

Upon graduating this May, Destinee will be employed as a diversity and inclusion trainer. Her daily mantra is "create your dream life".




Ashley HicksIn the Assistant to the Dean for Student Services role, Dr. Hicks oversees undergraduate recruitment, orientation, and special events in the College of Business. She is also responsible for coordinating scholarships and advising the Business Themed Living Learning Community, Beta Gamma Sigma, Business ACUMEN and the College of Business Executive Council (COBEC).
Prior to joining the College of Business, Dr. Hicks coordinated and implemented diversity programming initiatives in the Dean of Students office at Illinois State for five years.

Dr. Hicks currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Illinois State University.

In her spare time, she enjoys personal finance, yoga, and spending time with her family.


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