Shante Leathers was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Becoming an advocate against gun violence came from seeing many of her friends be killed by guns. Shante recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Wheelock College. During her undergraduate career she was the Field Director to Operation LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing) She worked to spread the LIPSTICK message through community outreach, presentations, and leadership training's. Shante understands that gun violence is a public health issue that is claiming the lives of many people, and tearing apart families. As an active member of society Shante’s priority is to create a safer community for everyone. Her heart for the city of Boston led her to The Peace Institute where she became a Peace Fellow. The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute is the center for healing, teaching, and learning for families who have lost a loved one. There mission is to transform societies response to homicide. The work at the Peace Institute sparked a deeper purpose for Shante. Shante is now a graduate student at Wheelock College studying to obtain her Master’s in social work. Her goal is to gain knowledge in trauma informed care and better serve her community. Each life that is lost due to gun affects the entire community.