Kira Griffith – Undergraduate Diversity Award
KIRA GRIFFITH (’21)
Kira Griffith is an Afro-Caribbean undergraduate senior and Distinguished Chancellor’s Science Scholar graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience, minors in Music and Chemistry, and Honors through the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. She was raised on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a talented ballet dancer, swimmer, and pianist. She loves reading, writing, and listening to music. Kira graduated from high school in St. Croix and matriculated at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Fall of 2017. At the end of her sophomore year, she was elected President of Residence Hall Association (RHA) which is one of the largest University Sponsored Organizations on UNC’s campus. During her two-term Presidency, she led several efforts centered around leadership, mentorship, and advocacy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kira has made significant strides to effectuate positive change in the community by serving as a representative and advocate on behalf of thousands of Carolina students to UNC administration. She has played a key role in communicating between the student body and administrative leadership and she has also used her platform to create virtual opportunities for students to connect with each other during the pandemic. Most recently Kira served as a student representative on the Chancellor’s Campus & Community Advisory Committee to advocate on behalf of the student body and underrepresented voices in the community. Kira has also played an instrumental role in the University’s building renaming efforts, working to better align our campus landscape with the mission and goals of the University. Recently, UNC alumnus Scott Peeler (Class of 1993) initiated funding through Student Affairs for a new scholarship in her name to honor her advocacy work through RHA.
Kira has defended her independent senior honors thesis as a culmination of her 3 years of research in the Hopfinger Lab in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She also completed her medical school application process and will be attending UNC School of Medicine this fall. In the future, Kira plans to pursue interventional neurology and explore healthcare administration, health care policy, and public health work at a national and international level.