Stefanie Wellons is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the interplay among identity, culture, and power across socio-historical contexts to understand how race relations link race, racism, and enduring racial disparities. Prior to her doctoral program, Stefanie worked as the Lead Sociology Instructor at Aiken Technical College, a two-year institution located in a community where only one-third of residents held a college degree. In only three years, she successfully educated over 650 students across 47 lecture, online, and hybrid learning courses. During her tenure, Stefanie servant-led as a Chapter Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa International Society, effectively delivered an introductory sociology course at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, and gladly served as an ACE Advocate where she mentored first-generation college students.
As a first-generation college student herself, she is unequivocally committed to creating opportunities that enable personal, academic, and professional growth of all students, especially those who are historically underserved. Stefanie believes that all life possesses unlimited potential for perfectibility. Toward this end, she hopes to extend her passion for education and life development to the enlightenment, unification, and upliftment of black communities.
Stefanie holds a Master’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Education from the University of Notre Dame. She also earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Georgia State University, where she graduated magna cum laude as a scholar in the Ronald E. McNair post-baccalaureate Achievement Program and University Honors Program. Stefanie believes that “Anything is possible, dreams do come true, and destinies can be realized.”