Yakira Sanders is an undergraduate junior Social Work major from Des Moines, IA at the University of Northern Iowa. Yakira joined the McNair Scholars Program to get a headstart on preparing for her P.h.D. as well as her future 10 year plan. Her research interests include the study of minority and underrepresented students student development. After graduation she plans to pursue a P.h.D. in Educational Leadership. Yakira is active in Black Student Union, First Year Peer Mentoring, Summer Orientation, and Success Coaching.