"We are parents and lifelong educators who want to help students and families to navigate the college admissions process."

Twenty-plus years of college admissions experience and a love for education brought Tim and Shereem together for a purposeful project. Their unyielding love for Black people and their pursuit of education pushed them to author the definitive guide about college admissions for Black families and educators who work with Black children.

About The Author

Timothy L. Fields

Timothy Fields has spent the past 25 years working in various areas of higher education, primarily in enrollment management at Emory University where he currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean in Undergraduate Admission. In this role, he serves as a member of the leadership team for the recruitment, evaluation, and construction of the freshman class for Emory University, including students who will eventually matriculate to Goizueta Business School and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In addition to his work in enrollment management, he has also worked in student affairs, residential life, athletics, and with several Federal TRiO programs at two-year, state flagship, and private institutions.

Beyond his work in higher education, Timothy has worked with several Non-Profit and Community Based Organizations that include 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Chicago Scholars, UPS Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke, National Merit Corporation, United Negro College Fund, the Gates Foundation, and currently a Board Member for TDI (Turning Dreams into Reality). He has also done work with the Division of Family and Children Services helping students in foster care gain access to college, as well as other community initiatives. 

A native of Arlington, Texas, Timothy earned a BA in Psychology from Morehouse College, M.Ed from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has completed all doctoral work at Georgia State University. His academic interests include HBCUs, post-secondary access of under-represented populations, and supporting Black male initiatives. When not working, Timothy is a husband, father of twins, avid runner, traveler, and entrepreneur.

About The Author


Shereem is the Founder and Chief Education Officer of Strategic Admissions Advice, an educational consulting company specializing in college counseling curriculum creation for charter schools and school districts and personalized college advice coaching. Featured in periodicals like the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, Shereem is a dynamic leader, educational strategist, emerging author, and speaker, his experiences in the field are unparalleled. As an educator for almost twenty years and entrepreneur for over a decade, he has counseled many students and families through the often-frustrating private school and college “admissions maze.”

Inspiring and instructional, Shereem connects with anyone who needs an educational plan. His students have attended schools such as Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Stanford, Syracuse, University of Georgia, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Texas – Austin, Vanderbilt and Yale as well as many others.

Before he set out on this purpose-filled assignment, he worked as an Admissions Officer at Georgetown University, a guidance counselor at two elite private schools. A native of Brooklyn, NY, he is a graduate of Westtown School, Wesleyan University (BA, English and African-American Studies) and Middlebury College/Breadloaf School of English (MA, English). In 2005, he was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools as an E.E. Ford Fellow for Aspiring Heads of School. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Trustees at La Cima Elementary Charter School, is a member of the Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA) and the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). Above all, Shereem is a husband, father and a distinguished gentleman of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.