Shelaswau Crier holds a BA in Mathematics from Rice University and a JD from Yale Law School. She is a public speaker and community activist and presently works as a legal instructor for the basic police academy and as an educational consultant, doing civil rights work for the Oregon Department of Education and presenting workshops on conversations across differences. A former law professor at Willamette University and Loyola University New Orleans, Crier has also practiced law in Houston, TX and clerked for a federal district judge. As a law professor, Crier’s research focused on education law and criminal law. Prior to law school, Crier taught middle school math in Houston. Crier has served as Vice President for her local branch of the NAACP, presently serves on multiple state advisory committees, has given presentations on bias and accountability, and spoken at multiple community rallies, vigils, and panels. Crier has been married for 24 years and is a mother of five.