Kieanna Stephens

Kieanna Stephens joined the Pongo team in January of 2021 through the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Community Based Internship program. Kieanna is currently studying Sociology and Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Kieanna decided to move to Seattle to compete in collegiate rowing and begin her journey pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology. Before moving to Seattle, Kieanna was involved with Live Different (Mexico chapter), an organization dedicated to jump starting families through building homes and providing essential resources. After arriving in Seattle, Kieanna was a mental health advocate for student-athletes at the University of Washington. In the summer of 2020 Kieanna, along with the University of Washington rowing coaches and others, formed the Washington Rowing Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The task force’s goals are to diversify the sport of rowing and make it more accessible to black youths and youths of color.

Kieanna’s passion for healing through writing is what excites her about being a part of Pongo. From her personal experience with trauma and writing, Kieanna wants to use her exposure and understanding to help others achieve their goals through this program. She believes that expression through poetry is one of the greatest ways to achieve mental and emotional healing. When Kieanna discovered Pongo, she knew this was where she needed to be.

Poetry is something that Kieanna is very enthusiastic about. In her free time, she likes to write pieces for organizations that empower marginalized groups, as well as poems she personally shares through Instagram. When she is not writing or caught up in her studies, Kieanna enjoys hiking, ice hockey, and cooking.