Dr. LaShawn Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University. She teaches in the Behavioral Science Department and Directs the Baccalaureate Social Work Program. She has been a social worker for 17 years and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since her mother joined in 1981. Her focus in the professional development of future social workers is culturally competent practice and access to resources for their continual growth and development in effective service delivery. The clients with whom she works are supported in active and heathy identity development, inclusive of myriad intersections like race and gender. Her research agenda is on the use of relationship in the classroom connected to cross-cultural curricular delivery.