Kenyi
Executive Director & Head of School, Empowerment Through Education Foundation
2018 Guest Speaker • 2020 Guest Speaker

Micklina Kenyi fled her homeland of South Sudan during the genocide that has claimed the lives of over 2 million people. She came to the United States as a refugee in 2003, and founded a non-profit organization, The Community of South Sudanese and American Women (CSSAW) in 2005. CSSAW has been instrumental in helping resettle young women from South Sudan to the United States of America and empowering them through education. Kenyi attended the university of Colorado in Boulder, where she graduated in 2014 with a MA in Educational Foundation Policy and Practice. In 2008, she became a citizen of the United States of America and earned Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. Micklina is the recipient of the Channel 7 Everyday hero award, The Community Service Award for Women and Gender Empowerment and the Award for Women Who Make A Difference Globally. Currently, she produced a documentary film (The Dawn Will Break) and its accompanying educational outreach program, and is spearheading an effort to build a school for girls in Torit, South Sudan. Ms. Kenyi resides in Boulder county with her family.