Penn GSE CMSI

Kelly Lewis

Kelly serves as a Research Assistant for the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. She is also pursuing her master’s degree in higher education at the University of Pennsylvania. Kelly is a native of Detroit, Michigan, Gates Millennium Scholar, and an alumna of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. While in Ann Arbor, she majored in sociology with a minor in community action and social change. 

Kelly began her formal career in realm of education as an educator in Houston. Her certifications include early childhood through 6th grade education and ESL. In Houston, Kelly has educated over 550 students at two Title 1 campuses within a four-year span. 

While Kelly has long been encouraged to pursue a career in higher education, her teaching experiences have taught her positive implication of representations in classes and campuses. Thus, her research interests include how administrative and faculty representation improve African American women achievement, career trajectory and affect campus climate in post-secondary school settings. Additionally, Kelly is passionate about creating ongoing college identities and early sense of campus belonging within middle school grade levels in urban areas.