Dr. Dawson is a first-generation college student (FGCS). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Southern University, Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and a Doctorate of Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration & Supervision from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She completed her doctoral internship in the Executive Leadership Program at Lone Star Colleges Tomball Campus led by Chief Strategist, Dr. Jackie Thomas. Through that internship, she was able to assist Dr. Thomas with research committed to establishing the first Office of Diversity and Inclusion at LSC-Tomball. She is a proud member of The Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Dawson is a transformational leader.