Sharon Fries-Britt is a Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields. A secondary line of research examines the experiences of underrepresented faculty in higher education. Dr. Fries-Britt has published widely within peer-reviewed journals and she has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of College Student Development,The Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and the College Student Affairs Journal. Her research has been funded and supported by the Lumina Foundation and the National Society of Black Physicists. Dr. Fries-Britt is a nationally recognized speaker and has consulted extensively with colleges and universities, governmental agencies, and private industry on issues of race, equity and diversity. With over 35 years of professional experience in the field of higher education including administration and the professoriate she brings a wealth of knowledge, insight and experience to both practice and research. Dr. Fries-Britt has served on numerous national, regional and university committees. For her leadership, mentorship and research she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Mentoring Award, the first recipient of the University of Maryland Woman of Color Award; the University of Maryland Faculty Achievement Award, President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues and the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award.