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Student Spotlight: Fourth-Year Kiana Williams Finds Her Path on Grounds and Abroad

Monday, 9 February 2015

Kiana Williams transferred to the University of Virginia from New York University at the start of her second year. After thriving in the classroom and joining several organizations – she’s the president of the Virginia Anthropology Society, a facilitator for the Women’s Asian American Leadership Initiative, casework intern at the International Rescue Committee, contributor to Iris Magazine, former intern at the U.Va. Women's Center and a member of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans – Williams is now a fourth-year student looking to life beyond graduation.

A Virginia Beach native, Williams is double-majoring in anthropology and women, gender and sexuality, with a minor in film studies. She spent last summer abroad in Peru, where she studied indigenous communities and their relations to public policy and globalization in the mining industry. After graduation, she plans to seek work in service or anthropological research surrounding refugee or women’s issues, and she eventually hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology.  

Williams has also been dancing and acting professionally since she was 4, and she’s competed in gymnastics and college competition-level cheerleading. When she was little, she acted in the national tour of “Miss Saigon.”

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