Kanesha'shay Adams
Director of Programs, PHD Student, Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation

Kanesha Adams, a Ph.D student in the Educational Leadership department at the University of Alabama, is an educator, advocate, and “change agent.” She currently serves as Director of Programs for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation in Central Arkansas. Her most recent role was a Literacy Specialist in the Watson Chapel School District in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and a humanities content leader for Teach for America. She has served with new teachers with Arkansas Teacher’s Corps and believes that learning is a lifelong process. Kanesha received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she studied Criminal Justice and Sociology. While at UALR, Kanesha joined the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, was a member of Friday Fellows, worked with Americorps-Children International, and conducted research as a McNair Scholar.

Upon graduation, Kanesha decided to attend Oklahoma State University as a McNair Scholar where she received her M.S. in Education Psychology. She finished two years with Teach for America and a 2nd master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas after graduating from OSU. She is a 2019 Southern Educational Leadership Initiative Fellow with the Southern Regional Education Board, where she interned at the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in Columbia, South Carolina.

She is currently a member of the Chi Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kanesha has long terms goals to work in education, and sees herself as an executive director, university professor, or educational consultant in the near future. She currently resides in Pine Bluff, AR with her husband Nicholas Adams.