Ebony is a Pre-Doctoral IES Fellow and PhD student in the School of Social Service Administration (SSA). She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and received her MS in education from Johns Hopkins University in 2016. During her time as an undergraduate student, she founded and managed the Reach Initiative, a college-preparation organization which offered services free of charge to local urban youths. Additionally, she began her undergraduate research training at the Center for the Advancement of Youth Health focusing primarily on adolescent school connectedness. Her research experiences were further honed during an internship at the University of Virginia - Curry School of Education Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) where she investigated the nuances of teacher-student racial dynamics. After completing her undergraduate studies, Hinton went on to serve as a secondary educator in Miami, Florida. Her research interests lie in the social dynamics between schools and local communities; particularly involving issues of trust, mutual investment, and sustained collaboration.