Introducing Kiarah Hortance (she/her), BWF’s new Program Associate! Kiarah comes to us from Tufts University's Africana Center and was head facilitator for the Black Women’s Collective, a resource group for undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts. We’re so thrilled to have her aboard! Learn more about Kiarah in our Q&A below!
Can you tell us a bit about your background/experience in philanthropy or activism work?
“My background is in the realm of student affairs, specifically, creating spaces, events, and resources for Black and Brown students to thrive holistically. On a personal level, I'm deeply invested in justice-based music and the power of the arts in enacting systems change.”
What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Program Associate?
“I thrive when I'm in connection with others, so I'm most looking forward to the relationship-building between myself, our staff, the board, and our grantee partners.”
What’s one of your favorite hobbies outside of work?
“I am a singer-songwriter, producer, and audio engineer! I release music under the name, Kiarah Alexa.”
What are two fun facts about you?
“I was named after the Lion King (Simba's daughter is Princess Kiara), and my friend calls me the Christmas Connoisseur because of my love for the holiday season/music.”
What’s one quote that gives you life?
"You're not as alone as you feel." -- Paramore