Miyo Hall-Kennedy (they/she) is the Training Associate with Equity in the Center. They were born and partially raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. At the age of thirteen, they moved to the Bay Area in California and lived most of their life throughout the state. This experience allowed them to gain a nuanced perspective on how gender, mental health, culture, race, and economics play a role in adolescent identity-making. Miyo’s obsession with fully understanding these concepts and how they manifest throughout the lifecycle were the roots of their journey towards developing a social context for navigating and surviving their environment.
Miyo has spent the last fifteen-plus years working across a variety of sectors, including the U.S. Navy, mental healthcare, K-12 education, and employment services for nonprofit organizations in California, Virginia, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Throughout their career, they have focused on building community and cultural capacity through mentorship, strengths-based modalities, and restorative justice practices. They hold an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, a certification in Youth Services & Addiction Studies from Harold Washington College in Chicago, an M.A. in Sociology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a B.A. in Sociology from San Diego State University.
Miyo currently resides in the Bay Area of California where they completed their doctoral dissertation on LGBTQ+ millennial identity-making and activism. They are passionate about living an anti-racist and anti-capitalist existence, focusing primarily on how economic, healthcare, and racial disparities function within the frameworks of intersectionality and identity-making processes. During their free time, Miyo enjoys watching and attending sporting events, spending time with their partner critiquing film and television, tracking down food (da kine I no can get on da mainland and specifically, my newest obsession of mochi donuts), and finding ways to create and have fun at the expense of no one.