Though born in Wilson, North Carolina, the youngest child of Staccato and Susan Evans Powell, Susan Elizabeth Nicole has called a number of places home. Nicole spent her early formative years in St. Louis, MO and West Chester, PA where she was a member of the first graduating class of the Bayard Rustin High School. She distinguished herself both academically and athletically, indicated by her induction into the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society and Italian Honor Society. In 2014, Nicole was inducted into West Chester Henderson High School’s Hall of Fame as a part of the 2005 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championship 4×100 meter relay team as a high school freshman.
Although sought after by some of the most leading institutions, such as Brown and Georgetown University, Nicole “made a choice to change the world” by attending the illustrious Spelman College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with minors in Psychology and Religious Studies. Nicole then pursued a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty in Child Welfare and Well Being. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Nicole served as the school’s president of the Association of Black Social Workers, as well as, the 2nd Vice President for the National Association of Black Social Workers. She also sits on the Ecumenical Education Formation (EEF) Commission for the World Council of Churches as a representative for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Nicole currently works as a Safe House Advocate for the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County and a counselor for Alternative Rehabilitation Communities (ARC) in Harrisburg, PA, while simultaneously exploring options for doctoral studies.