Kenyatta Coleman Grant
Community Organizing Coordinator for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Kenyatta Coleman Grant is a Weirton native whose passion for criminal justice blossomed in graduate school at Marshall University. After graduating, she worked with at-risk children at Cammack Children’s Center and also worked at Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. “When I was working at those two places, everything came full circle,” Grant says.
She applied for an opening at the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2001. “I thought that this would be a really good way for me to utilize what I learned in graduate school,” Grant says. She got the job, and her role at WVCADV has evolved to include working with marginalized communities. She also does presentations and implicit bias training on racial equity in the workforce.
“I was able to bring my own personal experience into those conversations, as well as listening to the needs of other advocates of color and trying to figure out what are some ways that we can further educate these systems,” she says.
“It just makes my heart very full that I feel like everything that I’m doing in every aspect of my life is all connected to social justice and equality. That is the nucleus. That is what I am truly passionate about.”
Grant chairs the West Virginia Women’s Commission and serves as a member of the YWCA Charleston Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee. She plans to continue educating the Mountain State on the importance of social justice, change, and equality.
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