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Kiana Elkins joined the Winning Futures team in February, 2018, after previously serving the organization as a volunteer and contracted Project Manager. As the Operations Coordinator, she plans and implements the annual Corks & Forks wine event, scholarship reception, and Golf Classic outing, and supports grant, sponsorship, and marketing initiatives.
Kiana is deeply passionate about equality and human rights. While a student at Michigan State University, she was a founding member of MSU LEAD/The House of Promise Campaign, a student organization that addresses human trafficking, planned leadership development programs for the MSU Women’s Resource Center, coordinated social media campaigns for the School of Journalism, and participated in youth mentoring programs in Lansing, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. She also traveled the world, learning about social movements and community organizing, helping write dual language books for schools in Benin, Africa, and volunteering in Amman, Jordan, where she helped Syrian refugees.
“I believe it’s important to pass along knowledge and guidance,” said Kiana. “I’m excited to help Winning Futures transform the lives of young people across Metro Detroit.”
Kiana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities with a language specialization in Arabic and minors in Women and Gender Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies, all from Michigan State University. She lives in Southfield and enjoys eating interesting foods and binge-watching television.