Shawna Patterson-Stephens

Director of the Davis Center

Jenness House



Shawna Patterson is Director of The Davis Center. She collaborates with students, faculty and staff to contribute to the intellectual life of The Davis Center and broader Williams community. Shawna previously held various positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, Penn State University, and Florida State University where she implemented intercultural programming, advised students, responded to critical incidents on campuses, facilitated diversity trainings and collaborated with community stakeholders to co-sponsor discussions around social justice issues. She has been a lecturer and instructor at Florida State University, Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania. She received a doctorate from Florida State University where her dissertation was titled, Love and hip hop: The meaning of urban reality television in the lives of Black college Women. Her published articles appear in the International Journal of Doctoral Studies, Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review and Journal of Student Affairs at New York University.


B.S. Central Michigan University, Sociology
M.A. Michigan State University, Educational Administration
D.Phil Florida State University, Educational Administration
  • Diversity Action Research Team (DART)
  • President’s Advisory Group (PAG)
  • Chair, Davis Lecture Committee
  • Men of Color subcommittee (DART)
  • Event Review and Logistics Group (ERL)
  • First Year Experience Committee (FYE)
  • MOOLA Financial Literacy Committee
  • Trans Inclusion @ Williams
  • Claiming Williams
  • Dively Committee
  • Committee on Undergraduate Life (CUL)
  • Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC)
  • Women of Color Network (co-chair)
  • Bolin Legacy Planning Committee