Kenya Minott, MSW
Kenya Minott is co-owner of Full Circle Strategies. Her commitment to social change is reflected in her racial justice organizing background and in her work as an educator and trainer. Kenya was trained to be a dismantling racism facilitator through the Western States Center in Portland, Oregon and Race Forward (formerly the Applied Research Center) in Chicago, Illinois. From 2005-2011 she facilitated over 30 training sessions for grassroots organizers, college students, labor groups, government employees, and non-profit organizations throughout the Midwest and Western regions. During this time, she also served on local, state-wide, and national coalitions to address various forms of systemic oppression intersecting with education, worker’s rights, voter rights, health equity, and environmental justice. In 2009 she assisted the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada in the development of Nevada’s first racial equity report card intended to rate the policy work of Nevada’s legislators.
Kenya has direct political engagement experience with organizing communities and facilitating grassroots mobilization efforts that increased voter engagement, especially in communities of color. She advised political candidates, elected officials, and trained members of the progressive community on ways to build political power through advocacy. In 2005, with Kim Baker, she co-founded TRENDZ (Taking Responsibility and Education into New Directions), a youth-led civic engagement organization. As a founding board member, she identified and trained African-American and Latinx youth on becoming active participants in social change. TRENDZ is now the Nevada Youth Network and is led by former TRENDZ fellow, Michael Flores. Kenya has nineteen years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level having taught courses in sociology and social work. She also has a mental health experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. More recently, she developed racial equity programming to expand behavioral intervention resources for students in school settings.
Kenya received her Bachelors in Social Work from University of Central Missouri in 1994 and her Master's in Social Work from Saint Louis University in 1997. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work. Her doctoral research is on the development of a racial equity beliefs employee assessment for use in Pre-K through 12th grade school settings. She is married with two children ages 20 and 16.