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Kanisha Ffriend '16

Kanisha FfriendB.S in Selected Studies in Education (focus on Post-Secondary and Human Service Fields)

Hometown: Bronx, NY

What do you like best about Selected Studies? Why did you choose your focus area?
The flexibility of Selected Studies attracted me most. In Selected Studies in Education, I am not only studying a system but also how to understand a person , in order to facilitate change in educational equity issues. I choose the focus area of Post-Secondary and Human Service Fields because it provides a course list that prepares me to be an asset in social justice education administration.

What are some research, community, and extra-curriculur activities you have participated in while at SU?
While at SU, I have spent a summer abroad in Asia with the iSchool, acted as a SummerStart RA and worked on the Stop Bias campaign. During my freshman year, I created a girls program at Wilson Park Community Center that focued on gender empowerment and cultural appreciation. Continuing with the will to foster strong women of color, under the Office of Multicultural Affairs, I served as a Dimensions mentor to first year students of color in my sophomore year. However, the greatest impact on my personal life has been being a member of the Disability Student Union from 2012-2014 ( at one point being Events Officer). Because of my actions while on the DSU board, I have been asked to be on the Student Advisory Council of the Disability Cultural Center. I am a active scholar and member in the McNair Scholars Club and the Student Leadership Institute.I am also a member of the Fast Forward workgroup focusing on faculty productivity and student experience. Currently, I am working on a documentary that highlights the connections between culture, discipline and the urban classroom.

What are your plans after you graduate?
After I graduate from Syracuse University, I hope to do Teach for America while completing my masters in Educational Policy or Educational Leadership.