Tamika Knight Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Science Education program in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida. In addition to her doctoral studies coursework, Tamika works at the University as Graduate Teaching Associate and Graduate Research Assistant. Tamika earned her bachelor’s degree at Florida A&M University and her master’s degree at UCF. She worked for Seminole County Public Schools as a high school social studies and language arts teacher for a combined eight years. Her current research interest is in developing research-based methods that support social and personal identity development to positively impact the academic achievement of Black girls.