Kiara Ellis

Education & Community Engagement Manager
Start Date: 
January, 2016
Kiara Ellis

What is your favorite accomplishment at the U, so far?
Helping get the CURE Internship program started at the Masonic Cance Center (MCC). This program is for underrepresented students in the field of research. Students get the chance to have an experience that provides career and education direction and skill building. When I met the first cohort of students, they were able to share with me that they were learning so much and enjoying their internship. This is my favorite accomplishment because it's so refreshing to see such bright minds grow and learn. They prove all the work we contribute in the background is worth it.
What brought you to your current professional field? What brought you to the U/AHC?
After spending time working in direct service in different non-profits, I realized that I truly wanted to work in program development and impact from a program development standpoint. I started working at the U on a cancer patient navigation project and when the grant was nearing the end, the opportunity to take this position with the cancer center became available.  

What is your favorite part of what you do?
I enjoy connecting with new people. I have the opportunity to work in the community and meet people from such diverse and interesting backgrounds. I find ways to connect the center to communities who are seeking cancer education. Cancer touches everyone in some way so it's awesome to share resources with people who can benefit from their learning.

I’m happiest when:
I’m spending time with my family!

Favorite memory:
I was married in Jamaica in 2015 and it was the best trip I’ve ever been on. It was full of fun and family sharing in such a special occasion.

Favorite place on Earth:
Capetown, South Africa

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