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Meet Coach Ki

I am Dr. Kionna Henderson, a Health Geographer and health equity advocate. I am a proud native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the youngest of five, and the first person in my family to graduate college. I believe life is for the living so I try my hardest to make the best out of any situation. Having fun is my happy place, along with sunsets, being of service, and changing people’s lives one word at a time. Let’s raise a glass of wine for the potential first-generation graduates!

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, an Historically Black College and University

I am a proud Golden Lion alumna of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. As a resident of Pine Bluff, I grew up watching how UAPB brought pride and spirit to my community. It has always been a dream of mine to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Here, I learned myself, my culture, and how to deal with life through various forms of adversity.

Masters of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

My academic career has spanned over 8+ years. Throughout this time I have: laughed so hard that I cried, stepped out of my comfort zone thousands of times, experienced losses that words cannot describe, doubted myself and my abilities, lacked direction and guidance, and thought about giving up. I said all of this to say, that throughout my academic career, life happened but it did not deter me from my ultimate goal which is to help students who are just like me!
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Doctor of Philosophy with a focus on Health Geography, Michigan State University

Serving My Community

Community Service Efforts & Extracurricular Activities

Andrika Memorial Scholarship Foundation

During my sophomore year in undergrad, I lost my sister, Andrika to a rare cancer. I, along with my family, were devastated. To this day, I still have not gotten over the losing her. In order to make a horrible situation better, I teamed up with two of Andrika's long-time friends and created a scholarship in her honor at our high school alma mater.

Podcast Host

To show diversity within the geography field, we (Veda Hawkins, Raven Mitchell, and myself) created a geography focused podcast to discuss how integrated this field is in our everyday lives. 
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