Shaina Philpot (she/her/hers) is from California and is an enrolled and proud tribal member of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Native American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, her first Master’s Degree in Public History with a subspecialty of Native American History from the University of California, Riverside, and her second Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Southern California. Shaina co-authored a chapter in the book titled, The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute (OSU Press, 2012), which focuses on the off-reservation boarding school experience at Sherman Institute in Riverside, CA. Shaina has spent many years in various roles in the field of education, including working on reservations and with tribal communities. She is also currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D in Leadership in Higher Education program at Northcentral University. Her research centers on American Indian students’ sense of belonging in higher education, specifically comparing American Indian students’ sense of belonging between predominantly White institutions (PWIs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the Midwest.