Dr. Sherrae M. Mack (formerly: Hayes), known as "Dr. Rae", completed her Ph.D. in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) in May of 2015 coupled with a graduate certification in Urban Education (MSU - College of Education). Her professional experience includes integrative consulting and student affairs administration in the area(s) of critical approaches to youth engagement, community engagement, and community branding - specifically in under-resourced communities. Through both her teaching efforts and professional efforts, Dr. Mack specializes in integrating strategies of self-sustainability, cooperative economics, intergenerational work, and youth knowledge as vehicles for positive, citizen-centered change. Her professional timeline includes her most recent position at UCLA as the Inaugural Chief Strategic Developer for the VIP Scholars Retention Program, as well as previous roles at Michigan State University, the Smithsonian, and the City College of New York. She earned her Master's Degree in Africana Studies from New York University in January of 2010. Dr. Mack is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, a proud graduate of Glenville High School (2004), and a dedicated alumna of Tennessee State University where she obtained her B.A. - Speech Communications degree in May 2008.