Graduate Fellows

Shari M. Cunningham

headshot of Shari CunninghamThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., M.S., is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education program in the School of Graduate Studies and a proud Educational Opportunity Fund alumna. She earned a Bachelors in American Studies with a double minor in History and Political Science and a Master of Science in Business from the College of Saint Elizabeth. 

She was an assistant director in the Office of Financial Aid for the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) programs at the Piscataway campus.

Currently Ms. Cunningham serves as a student representative for the Advisory Council for the Graduate School of Education and the co-Vice President for the Graduate School of Education Student Affairs Committee. Her research interest primarily focuses on how Black students make sense of their scholarly journey throughout the stages of doctoral study. Her prior research projects included historical archival research on the emergence of Colored school in 19th century Newark as well as being a contributing author on two chapters to Scarlet and Black: Vol. 2, a Rutgers University exploration of its historical past as a mechanism for reconciliation.