African American Mentor Finds Strength in Numbers

When Kenly Brown collects data, she doesn’t think in numbers. She thinks in people. “For me, it’s like these are people’s lives,” she says. “There are consequences to these numbers.”

As an undergraduate in Colorado, she was one of only a few African Americans on her campus. “A lot of times I felt isolated and alone in the classroom and not really understood.”

Now, as a Ph.D. candidate in African American studies at UC Berkeley, she’s made it her priority to be a mentor to students of color to teenage girls at a continuation school and to undergraduates at the Justice Interaction Lab at Berkeley.

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