Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She began serving the community at the age of fourteen working with city legislatures and later working at community organizations as a grant writer and advocate for marginalized youth and adults. She has been employed at Shepherd University since 2013. She is the Department Chair of Sociology and Geography and an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology, teaching certificate in Women’s Studies, and a Race and Social Policy research certification at Virginia Tech. She also has a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelors degrees in Legal studies and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Howard-Bostic is also an Integrative Wellness Academy (IWA) certified life coach. In 2017, Dr. Howard-Bostic founded a business called “Help Bridge” or (HB) to provide leadership and social justice education in the community. Howard-Bostic has applied the Integrated Wellness framework to workshops and unique academic trainings about leadership and social justice at local businesses and academic institutions. Her specialized training topics and programs include multiculturalism, cultural integration, self-exploration, healthy communication, ethics, leadership, and social justice. Howard-Bostic has developed activities that explore customs and values in diverse and changing environments. She encourages self-exploration about unique interactions, conversations, and observations. Her workshops develop participants’ ability to communicate clearly, build trust, and strengthen relationships. She helps others make educated decisions about social issues. Her career goal is to encourage individuals to achieve lasting positive change.