Originally from Illinois, Keely Kriho graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she double-majored in Health Policy & Management and American Indian & Indigenous Studies. Before college, Keely traveled and volunteered in Ecuador, Peru, and South Africa through UNC’s Global Gap Year Fellowship. The year abroad deepened her curiosity about the complex interactions that exist among people, places, and systems, largely inspiring her coursework. At UNC, Keely worked with individuals seeking housing and financial freedom at a local nonprofit, the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), and increased access to health insurance information as Co-Director of Get Covered Carolina. After graduating, Keely stayed at CEF as a staff member and studied Spanish in Oaxaca, Mexico. Keely’s future plans are to keep learning, building relationships, and pursuing work that illuminates and challenges the perpetuation of US settler colonialism and imperialism.
Updated May 2020