Kierra D. Gray (MSJ, MSW, LMSW) is a diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner, clinician, published content creator, and journalist who assists others in concretely achieving their short- and long-term goals. She’s a diversity and wellness changemaker on a mission to transform work environments that reflect key values in diversity and inclusion. Kierra also aims to connect women across the globe who are on a journey of self-discovery, unlearning, healing, and overall mental health. She’s on a mission to make organizations more inclusive, particularly for Black women, as this demographic influences nearly everything in mainstream culture. In short, she’s looking at assessing these structures from a mental health and social relations lens.
She has over 12 years of professional and academic experience as a master’s graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Kierra studied Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health. She also has a robust educational background in Women’s Studies, Afro-American & African Studies, and Writing from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, along with broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Her journey aligns with her purpose of impacting underrepresented groups in different spaces. She has since merged her experience in journalism, research, and social work to develop action plans for professionals and caretakers to live the lives they deserve and work in productive, innovative organizations.
A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Kierra uses her certifications, studies, and a wide variety of life experiences to encourage women to take up space and show up authentically. When she isn’t raising her daughter, she takes every opportunity to travel the world, including places like England, Ghana, and South Africa.
Certifications & Education
- Diversity Crew Institute – DEI Certification
- Licensed Master of Social Work in Texas and Michigan
- B.A. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- MSJ Northwestern University
- MSW University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- Strategic planning Research data Depression
- Anxiety Gender/Women’s issues LGBTQIA+
- Black and POC communities DEI Training
- Unconscious and implicit bias Cultural awareness
- Reducing prejudice
- Equity, diversity, and inclusion Emotional intelligence
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)