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Kimani Isaac



  • School: School of Education and Social Policy
  • Major: Learning & Organizational Change
  • Graduating Year: 2020

Kimani Isaac (she/they) is recognized as a 2020 Jazzy Johnson Waw-Jashk Award honoree for being a “social-justice change agent” who took on several advocacy efforts around academic affordability, support for Black students, first-generation, low-income students, and queer and transgender students.

Kimani dedicated her time to supporting first-year Northwestern students as a Compass Mentor and participant in the Summer Academic Workshop (SAW). As an active member of Associated Student Government (ASG), Kimani spearheaded course affordability efforts that led to the creation of Books for Cats, which offers eligible first-year students the opportunity to borrow course materials.

Kimani served as a student panelist and speaker at several high level Alumni Relations and Development events, including the We Will events on campus and in New York at The Met, where she advocated for greater supports for first generation and low-income students and for the work of Campus Inclusion and Community more broadly.

Her nominator described her as someone who demonstrates “all of the core values of the Jazzy Johnson Waw-Jashk Student Award, starting with her commitment and courage to advocate for marginalized communities throughout her time at Northwestern.”