Higher Education Policy Fellow
Kiah is a Higher Education Policy Fellow for The Education Trust in Tennessee, where she 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.
This August marked the first time Kiah was not enrolled in school in 18 years. 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.