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Qua Adkins


Academic Advising Professional / Native Student Engagement Coordinator
American Indian Center

Qua Lynch Adkins, MPH, is the Native Student Engagement Coordinator at the UNC American Indian Center, where she plans and implements student enrichment programs, cultivates partnerships, and coordinates events that foster professional development of American Indian high school and undergraduate students.

Qua is a citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and has strong connections to each of the Tribal Nations in North Carolina and many beyond the state, due to her lifelong community service. Previously, she worked with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs, the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, and the NC American Indian Health Board. Qua earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Campbell University in 2012 and later received her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Community Health Education from UNC-Greensboro in 2015. She continues to work with universities, museums, and students to promote diversity in creative, meaningful ways. Qua is committed to empowering Indian Country and providing a VOICE to the seemingly VOICELESS population.

Get to Know Qua

How do you identify?

American Indian Woman, mother, friend, servant leader

List three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you?

1. Previously served as Miss Indian North Carolina

2. Won “Best Halifax County Steer in 4-H” my first year showing steers in high school

3. Favorite Movie: Selena

Who do you admire and why?

My Grandmommy Maxzella – She always greeted me with love and a listening ear. She overcame so many life obstacles and managed to keep her faith. Her resiliency and strength is admirable.