Policy and Communications Associate
Kiah works to advance equity and access at higher education institutions across the state. As a Tennessee native, Kiah is excited to return home and collaborate with key stakeholders to champion increased access for Black and Latino, and low-income students at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities.
Kiah earned her Master of Science in higher education from Florida State University in May 2020. In addition to studying full-time, she served as the PeaceJam Coaching Coordinator in Florida State University’s Center for Leadership and Social Change. She oversaw the coaching program, which trained college student leaders to facilitate conversations on social justice and identity development with after-school groups in Tallahassee’s K-12 classrooms. During her time at FSU, Kiah also participated in the PURPOSE research fellowship and completed a qualitative study on the “scholar” identity development of Black girls.
She is a proud product of excellent public education institutions and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
pop culture trivia and finding/making excellent playlists
2000s R&B, happy hour specials, and my grandma’s cooking
Seeing my grandma and younger siblings in the crowd as I walked across the stage at my undergraduate graduation
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
I grew up on my grandfather’s farm. I rode horses, went fishing, shucked corn – all of it! I hated waking up early to go out to the farm and complained almost every time, but those are some of my favorite memories now.