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Member Spotlight: Andrea Khan

Posted By IRC, Monday, July 16, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2018

Andrea Khan is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in Anthropology. After living in Taiwan and later Kenya, Khan returned to Kansas City with a renewed sense of excitement to bring more world cultures to the area.

One of her most prominent contributions to the area includes the formation and continued involvement in an organization called Indigenous to Indigenous. Indigenous to Indigenous brings art and speakers from African countries to show the unique culture that comes from indigenous people around the world. The organization also works to connect indigenous Native American tribes in the United States with African countries. The primary goal of the organization is to get the perspective of the Indigenous people about their experiences and needs going forward.

Khan is highly involved in many other African-focused groups such as Wasim, Baraza African Cultures Center », the Ethnic Enrichment Commission », and Sister Cities ». As for committee involvement, she was member of the board for the Ecuadorian Association of Kansas City », served on the Refugee Immigrant Forum committee, and the World Refugee Day planning committee.

Around 20 years ago when she moved back to Kansas City, she and her husband were members of the IRC Speakers' Bureau » and would often present and speak about African art and culture they brought back. She also participated in the International Classroom Partnership program. Looking to the future, Khan hopes to continue developing her programs and connections in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania and urges people to get involved in the various programs promoting diversity within the Greater Kansas City area.


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