Janiah Miller
Candidate for BA, Northern Kentucky University

Janiah Miller is a native of Greater Cincinnati area. This spring she is graduating from Northern Kentucky University (NKU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies, she has three minors in Political Science, Social Justice, University with two focuses in Women and Gender Studies and Public Service.

While attending college she has completed several leadership roles and internships. These roles range from political campaigns and offices, the Student Government Association executive board, R.O.C.K.S Peer Adviser, and nonprofits. Her interest in local government started while she was an intern on the Yvette Simpson for Cincinnati Mayor Campaign and her Council office. This inspired her to continue seeking opportunities that would allow her to broaden her understanding of politics and advocacy work.

She is passionate about housing accessibility, education and gun violence prevention equity through an intersectional lens. That led her to pursue an internship with Cornerstone Renter Equity, an affordable housing non-profit in Over-the-Rhine. That semester she was able to organize an interactive town hall called, "Homeless Students: Transitioning to and Succeeding in College." This event allowed students, community members, faculty and staff to come up with solutions to address this issue. These solutions would later be presented in a White Paper to the University President with the intention of them being implemented into the 2020 Strategic Framework Plan. This past summer she was a Victory Congressional Intern on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) in Washington D.C where she assisted the clerk in delivering the 2020 THUD Bill to the House Floor. This fall she was an education intern at the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition where she assisted with educational outreach efforts.

For her senior capstone she researched how the K-12 experiences of Black female students impact their resilience in college. In this research she recruited Black women on campus to participate in a focus group so they could unpack their experiences. The purpose of this dialogue was to create an action plan to present to the university to make NKU a more inclusive place for Black women to increase retention.

She will end her college career interning in Frankfort, Kentucky as a Legislative Research Commission intern where she will do committee work. She will assist in research and bill drafting. She plans to spend her career being an advocate through law, education and politics.