“Everyone is capable of CHANGE.”
Kenshara Cravens believes everyone is capable of change. It’s this tenet that has led to her pursuing her calling in Social Work. With a singular goal of empowering as many individuals as she can, she finds ways to contribute through service, mentorship, and compassion.
A first-generation college student, Kenshara understands all too well the value of knowledge and the struggle involved in overcoming diversities. As such, she continuously seeks opportunities to further expand and develop her education.
This year, Cravens is on track to earn her Ph.D. in Social Work from Walden University. Her dissertation is titled: Experiences and Perceptions of Hospital Social Workers, wherein she explores the commonly misunderstood world of social work in the hospital arena. A subject she knows well as she’ll also be earning the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) this year.
These monumental achievements are of course, on top of what Cravens has already accomplished: She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), as well as a current Assistant Professor at Prairie View A&M University.
As Assistant Professor, Cravens runs an active and dynamic classroom, keeping students engaged with community-building exercises as part of the curriculum. She has conducted numerous lectures and seminars and presented them to students with panache.
While it’s no secret that Kenshara is an unstoppable force that’s always on the prowl for knowledge and experience, there are a few accomplishments she holds close to her heart: The Sages of Clinical Services award 2021, presented by United Healthcare. Bestowed to a only handful of worthy recipients from a pool of over 50,000, the award is given to licensed clinicians who continually embody United Health values including ethics, sympathy, and the fostering of relationships.
This year, Cravens made the list of The Daily News’ “40 Under 40”, presented by the Galveston Daily News. Recognized for her true commitment to her community, in addition to being a young professional devoted to personal/professional growth and triumph.
She also received the Hometown Hero award, presented by The Carolyn Taylor Lee Foundation. The Non-Profit organization has a goal of providing daily support to communities throughout the year, empowering households with a family-centric unit in mind.
Inspired by her own achievements in the Non-Profit space, Cravens established Craving For A Change Foundation, Inc. The foundation’s overarching goal is to institute social-emotional learning strategies for adolescent and young adult students attending the Galveston County public school system.
With social work and youth ever present as her impetus, Kenshara Cravens truly is a maven in her field. As she continues to fuel her appetite for knowledge and works to empower her peers, she looks forward to what the future holds.