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Shelita M Shaw

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

Guest Contributor: Shelita M Shaw

Assistant Professor, Moraine Valley Community College Mental Health Trainer and

SMS Consulting



How do you promote change and well-being in the Black community?

I AM A MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE...and my focus on Mental Health education first came as I spent a couple years co-teaching Black Male Leadership at Cook County Department of Corrections. This served as an opportunity to pour into the (often forgotten) incarcerated population. It also exposed me to a vulnerability among are black males that often goes unseen or misconstrued as a behavior problem. Currently, I travel across the country speaking on Classroom Wellness with predominantly Black schools like Purpose Built Communities in Atlanta and being the voice of black teachers and their mental health with organizations like Coffee, Hip Hop and Mental Health and American Psychology Association. Also, I work with the non-profit Erasing the Distance performing real life stories from people of diverse backgrounds to expose mental health challenges that occur in daily living.


What are some upcoming events you are leading, that promote mental health and wellness, that you would like for our Black Mental Wellness audience to know about?

  • Performance with Erasing the Distance -mid October

  • Dumb. Gay. Politics. Podcast-mid October

  • Speaker at University of Chicago-February 2023


Tell us about your educational and/or professional training, and current area of expertise related to mental health and wellness?

Shelita earned her B.A. in English from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina; and her M.A. in English from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she graduated magna cum laude.


Currently, Shelita teaches Composition and Literature courses at Moraine Valley Community College, where she was awarded tenure in spring of 2010: Innovator of the Year 2018; Professor of the Year nominee 2018 and 2019.


What are some ways that you promote mental health and wellness through your area of expertise?

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