I met Sheltreese McCoy in Madison, Wisconsin last week while I was there to speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Building Unity Conference.

Treese, as she if often referred to as by her friends, is the Multicultural Issues Director for the United Council of University of Wisconsin Students.

Treese is a true Mid-Westerner. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Treese graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and earned her dual degrees in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. While on campus, Treese participated in many activities, which included the NAACP, Presidents Leadership Academy, Student Government, and she co-founded an artist collective known as Creative Minds. After graduating, she moved to Brooklyn, New York to work in the political arena.

In New York, Treese worked for the city council, state legislature campaign races, and on the 2004 Presidential Election. She then turned her focus to youth and student organizing around issues of employment, access to education, and international solidarity. It was through this work she found her way to Madison and the United Council. Now as the Multicultural Issues Director for United Council, she looks forward to rewarding and vigorous new challenges in the fight for student rights and access to higher education.

At 27, Treese has an impressive background that displays her commitment to helping the underserved and voiceless. Treese and I share a lot in common, including our love of music and “Law and Order,” lol. She’s beautiful, intelligent, passionate on the issues, and I’m glad that I met her.

It’s for these reasons, and the fact that she had my back with the Madison police officers who detained me while I was on my way to meet her at the bookstore, lol, that Sheltreese McCoy is a Lesbian I Love.

I was raised in Cleveland Ohio, but grew up in Brooklyn, New York.


Single, Dating, or Married:
In a committed relationship

Children? Yes, No, In the Future:
Maybe in the future

Professional Black Woman/Student Organizer

Describe yourself in one word:

What’s your favorite color?

What’s your favorite food?
Mac and cheese, like my momma makes it

Do you prefer fem or butch women and why?
A masculine presenting switch because I have multiple sides to my personality and so should she.

Favorite body part and why?
Lips because they are most expressive and it took me a long time to love my own, so now I love them on others as well.

As Black a woman do you prefer natural or processed hair and why?
LOL…natural on myself and partner…I love the way it feels in the morning when I wake up next to her.

What in your opinion are the biggest issues facing Black lesbians and our solutions if any?
Self-acceptance is a huge issue and the solutions are numerous but one start is understanding that it’s okay to love another woman.

McCain, Obama, or Clinton and why?
I am an Obama girl because he is the only candidate in my lifetime that has made me believe “Change is gon’ come.”

Who’s in your iPod/CD Player?
Alice Smith, N’Dambi, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Maria Calles, Cold Play, Stevie Wonder, the Roots, and Liz Wright.

What’s your favorite quote?
“When I give food to the poor they call me a saint, when I ask why the poor have no food they call me a communist!”—Unknown

Who’s your favorite author and why?
bell hooks, because she was the first black female author that taught me I didn’t have to be a wounded victim and I have a right to claim my stake in this world.

When you watch television what do you watch?
“Law and Order”…all of them, “Washington Week,” and “Keith Oberman.”

What’s something that many people don’t know about you?
I have a lot to learn and even more to give.

Top five places on the web?

  • Jasmynecannick.com
  • News.bbc.co.uk
  • Nytimes.com
  • Carolsdaughter.com
  • Boondocks.com

How to reach her…
Email: Sheltreese@yahoo.com