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University of Hawaii, Manoa
Being from a single parent, low-income home, Niya McAdoo had several opportunities in different after school and summer programs that she participated in. Programs like these connected them with supportive mentors, resources that helped them excel in regular classes, and create friendships that they still hold today. In her junior year of highschool, she was accepted into University of Kansas Upward Bound. Upward Bound gave Niya opportunities that they wish every student could experience; the received ACT preparation, participated in many different forms of community service, attended summer college prep programs, and got to visit many different states and institutions across the nation. Her experience now as a college student at the University of Kansas and working within Student Housing and as student body president has opened spaces for her to see the changes that students need on her college campuses. Niya has been able to work with KU administrators to create better communication plans for student outreach, target and accomplish DEI initiatives to improve campus culture, and create two KU endowment funds in partnership with Watkins Health and the Black Student Union.