Nakia Shelton


Nakia Shelton
Class of 2020, Design Thinking
Bedford, Virginia

Having family and friends who have attended the University and succeeded in their careers is what initially drew Nakia Shelton to apply to Radford’s Design Thinking MFA program.

”I chose to pursue the MFA in Design Thinking program at Radford University because this degree had everything I was looking for to advance my career in a variety of ways and also aligned with my schedule as a full-time working professional,” Shelton explained.

Currently working as a graphic designer and manager, and inspired to make a difference in the design industry, Shelton enrolled in the Design Thinking program to make a lasting impact in the creative industry.

“I am a graphic designer by trade, and I really enjoy what I do, but I felt a strong desire to make a bigger impact and contribution to the design world.” Shelton stated. “I also aspired to take on leadership roles in and outside the design industry and teach in higher education.”

The above-and-beyond support she has received from the faculty and staff at Radford University are one of the many reasons why Shelton loves Radford University. She also enjoys the beauty of the campus and feels that there is a strong sense of community on and off campus. Student resources, like the McConnell Library, have aided Shelton throughout her studies.

“The support from faculty within the program has been invaluable to me and goes beyond the coursework. Their belief in me and what I can accomplish pushes me to be and stay successful,” Shelton said.

Graphic design is not the only interests that Shelton has pursued throughout her graduate career at Radford. She is also a member of the Tau Mu Omega graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Christiansburg.  

After graduation, Shelton plans to seek out opportunities to contribute to the field of design through leadership and education.

“My Radford University degree will catapult me as a leader in the design field and prepare me to teach in higher education.”