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Beyoncé Shaw


 “Throughout high school, I was always told by my teammates and other peers that I was naturally a good listener and great at helping others move through different situations that life brought their way. After junior year, I thought that it would benefit not only myself but others in the city of St. Louis if I went into the field of psychology or counseling,” said Beyoncé Shaw ’21. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she majored in psychology intending, to work as a counselor, specifically with children or through family counseling.

Why Holy Cross College

“I liked the small campus dynamic which increases the likelihood of better relationships between professor and students,” said Shaw.

While on campus, she co-founded and was president of the Black Student Association (BSA).

“I started this group a year ago with my friend, I.C Young ’20, and our purpose of starting the BSA was to bring new perspectives to the college community. I believe this is the very first organization on Holy Cross College’s campus that focuses on the black experience specifically, and we wanted to bring more of the black experience, black culture, and more in-depth conversations about race relations to the college,” noted Shaw.

Memorable moment

“In August of 2019, my family was hit with a very traumatic experience. From that moment forward, I have dedicated my being to work towards ensuring that those types of experiences for so many children within the city of St. Louis would decrease and ultimately come to an end. I have been diligently working on providing support groups for children who have been hit with the harsh reality of life very early in their lives,” said Shaw.

Journey ahead

“My main plan or goal for the future is to create a foundation for inner-city kids in St. Louis who have been affected by gun violence, whether it being they lost a parent, sibling, friend, or any other loved one to gun violence,” said Shaw. “St. Louis is among the most dangerous cities in America, and probably the entire world, and a lot of our children have become desensitized to violence – it is what is considered ‘normal,’ or this is what life is and it should not be. A lot of these kids are experiencing PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and they are not aware of it. I want to provide a space for them to feel comfortable enough to move through their traumas both mentally and emotionally, and bring them more resources that add to their success now and in the future.”

Beyoncé Shaw

“My main plan or goal for the future is to create a foundation for inner-city kids in St. Louis who have been affected by gun violence, whether it being they lost a parent, sibling, friend, or any other loved one to gun violence.”