Kierstin McMichael is originally from Wichita, KS and currently lives in Lawrence. McMichael graduated from KU in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in sociology. A McNair Scholar, Hawk Link graduate, and member of the Multicultural Scholars Program, McMichael was elected to Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation with her B.A. As an undergraduate, McMichael held several leadership positions, including as a social justice peer educator, a peer adviser with the Undergraduate Advising Center, an orientation assistant, and a resident assistant. She also worked as a collections specialist for the Project on the History of Black Writing. Her recognitions include the Alexis F. Dillard University Award, the Dannah J. Hartley Outstanding Peer Advisor Award, the Department of English Outstanding Senior Award, and the Dr. Fred Rodriguez Award for Academic Achievement. McMichael was also a campus nominee for the Rhodes and Marshall Fellowships in 2017. For the past three years, she has worked at KU in the Office of Diversity & Equity as an engagement coordinator and executive associate. During her tenure as a staff member, she participated in the Social Justice Fellows Program, has served on countless search committees, and was recognized as employee of the month for April 2019. In the spring of 2019, she created the Hawk Link/Lawrence Public Library internship in conjunction with Brad Allen, the executive director of the public library. This fall, she plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis’ top-ranked Social Work program on a full tuition scholarship. She plans to concentrate in domestic social and economic development and specialize in system dynamics.