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Student Spotlight: McKenna Revel

McKenna Revel

McKenna Revel, ’17,

Hometown: Mount Sterling, KY 

I'm 21 years old and graduating a year early thanks to taking college courses while still in high school. I started at EKU in Fall 2014 as a Political Science major, and was the first to declare Social Justice Studies a major in Spring 2015. Through my SJS studies I also picked up a Women and Gender Studies minor, of which I'm very proud. 

I was researching 2nd majors because I knew I would finish Political Science early and would need extra credits to graduate. Browsing through the College of Justice and Safety website, I saw a small announcement about the addition of the major. I contacted Dr. Preston Elrod right away and filed the form to add the major that same day. After the first course, I changed my degree options so that it became my primary course of study.

I've been interested in social justice from a very early age, even though I didn't know that it had a name at the time. Studying historical, political, and social movements stirs so much emotion and passion in me; I think the most fascinating and beautiful parts of humanity are revealed when it bands together over a cause. Social Justice Studies was the major I had dreamed of finding in any school, and I ended up at EKU where it all but fell into my lap. 

After graduation, I have a job at Hope Hill Youth Services in my hometown of Mount Sterling, where I'll be working with young women in the foster care system to help them overcome the challenges they have faced in such a short amount of life. I'm excited to enter a job where my daily work makes a difference in the lives of others. In the future, I hope to continue my education in order to better serve at-risk and/or marginalized populations, especially women and children. 


Click here for more information on our Social Justice Studies program as well as all of our other undergraduate offerings in Justice Studies

Published on May 04, 2017

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