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KENYATTA COLEMAN GRANT

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As the Community Organizing Coordinator for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WVCADV), Kenyatta Coleman Grant continues to be a prominent figure in the domestic violence movement. Ms. Grant joined the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2001. Since then she has been a passionate advocate for social justice, change and equality. In this time at the WVCADV, she has been the Criminal Justice Specialist at the where she focused on statewide coordination of the Batterers Intervention Prevention Programs (BIPPs), collaborating with law enforcement agencies and coordinating statewide trainings.

Today she is the Community Organizing Coordinator where she is responsible for educating and raising awareness of domestic violence in marginalized communities such as communities of color and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQQI) community. Ms. Grant coordinates and facilitates culturally specific trainings on anti- oppression, implicit bias, diversity, cultural competency and awareness to statewide domestic violence advocates, law enforcement and other non-profit agencies.

As part of her multifaceted role, Ms. Grant invest her time on wide reaching, high value organizations that focus on racial justice like the Call to Action for Racial Equality (CARE) Coalition Board of Directors and the YWCA Racial Justice Committee. As a member of this committee, she co-developed the Implicit Bias training that the YWCA Racial Justice Program has implemented and promoted within the community as a vital tool and resource to eliminate racism. For the CARE Coalition, she developed a curriculum that focused on diversity and cultural competency that was used to train local law enforcement officers. Her dedication to advocating for justice and equality is a priority personally and professionally. As an activist, she brings this passion and commitment as a trainer and public speaker.

Due to her reputation and commitment for social justice, Ms. Grant was honored to be selected by both Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Jim Justice to serve as a Commissioner for the West Virginia Women’s Commission (WVWC). The mission of the WVWC is to focus on elevating the power of and potential of women and girls by ensuring social, political and economic equality. In 2020, Governor Jim Justice confirmed Ms. Grant as the Chair of the West Virginia Women’s Commission.

 

Role modeling and mentorship has always been more than a hobby to Ms. Grant. How young people grow and develop attitudes about the world seems more like a duty and responsibility. For that reason, she has played a major role in student activities in the community. She is currently a cheer and gymnastics instructor. She conducts private lessons and works with teams throughout the community. She is also a certified cheer judge for the state through the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

Ms. Grant is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is currently President of the Beta Beta Omega Chapter located in Charleston, West Virginia. As a member of this illustrious sorority, she is reminded of the importance of service and community. Through community involvement and outreach, members of this sorority are able to significantly improve the quality of some many people in the Charleston area.

Ms. Grant received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Marshall University with a minor in Criminal Justice. She also received her Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Marshall Graduate College with a minor in Sociology. She resides in Charleston, West Virginia and attends First Baptist Church with her partner, Derrick Grant and three children, Savannah, Victor and Kenleigh.