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Featuring Diona Shelton, LCSW
Groundbreaking Author of "Little Man"
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When deciding to earn a doctoral-level degree, the stakes are high.  It is a major investment in time, effort, and money.  The stories in this collaboration present a down-to-earth representation of life on the doctoral journey.  The authors are leading practitioners and researchers in their perspective fields of social work and education, yet the outliers are applicable to any discipline.  Each author has shared a part of their heart to give the reader keen insight into the life of a doctoral learner and, more specifically, a black woman on the journey.  The stories deliver a unique form of transparency, encouragement, and support with one common theme: You can earn a doctoral degree despite marginalization, disability, or the heartbreaking challenges life may bring your way.
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“This anthology presents the core concept that creating and operating in community normalizes the doctoral student experience and makes the goal of degree completion more attainable.” 

Madam President Dr. Lisa Newland, Ph.D,

LCSW-R NABSW Nassau/Suffolk


Diona Shelton received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2001 and her Master's in Social Work at Saint Louis University in 2003. She has professional certifications as a child and adolescent trauma professional and is certified as a clinical trauma professional through Evergreen Certifications. Diona is licensed by the state of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and holds membership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Doctor of Social Work President of Phi Alpha Honor Society Phi Tau Chapter, and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). She recently accepted the call to serve on the NASW Illinois Chapter Board of Directors as the Southern District Chair and serves on the chapter's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

Diona has practiced as a school social worker in Illinois for over 15 years and enjoys interacting with youth and being a part of their growth and development. She is the founder and CEO of New Beginnings Counseling Services, LLC where she currently practices and specializes with children and adolescents with a variety of emotional and behavioral needs. Diona is currently a doctoral student at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is planning to focus her doctoral research on the Autism Spectrum population. Diona enjoys reading, writing, learning new things, and spending time with her husband of 17 years and two daughters ages 14 and 11.

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