Kaniya Harris, an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC, is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice & Law and in Sociology while also pursing a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies through the School of Public Affairs.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Kaniya has been devoted to equity and social justice through advocacy and reform in her community. She began fighting for individuals from various backgrounds in high school by speaking to administrators, students, the Board of Education, and Jefferson County Public Schools Officials. At American University, Kaniya is the Co-President for the Black Student Union, the Director of AUSG Women’s Initiative, a member of the SPA Honors Program, a Teachers Assistant for SPA Leadership, a Peer Facilitator for the AUx Program, and a member of the AU Honors Program. Kaniya has worked for Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce, the Legacy Benefits Group, and Inclusive Transportation LLC. Kaniya continues to focus on creating meaningful dialogue and change in her community.
In the future, Kaniya hopes to raise public awareness on various issues and change oppressive systems that are founded on microaggressions by becoming an Human Rights Lawyer. She wants to help publicize policies that focus on the needs of historically oppressed individuals by reshaping our society’s norms. She also wants to reshape and change America’s democracy by removing white supremacist ideologies.