Kayla Anderson is the Manager of the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service. A graduate of Baker University, Kayla earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and history with a minor in Spanish. During her time at Baker University, she served as the class vice president, the vice president of the Baker University History Club, and the vice president of the Baker University Lifeless Language Association. Kayla also participated in the NAIA/American Red Cross National Leadership Program and organized campus blood drives her junior and senior years. She also was a member of the varsity volleyball team and received NAIA Volleyball Academic All-American honors in 2011 and 2012. Kayla studied abroad in January 2010 to several cities in Italy and participated in an Arabic and Spanish Cultural Exchange Program in Granada, Spain in Spring 2011.
Kayla went on to receive her Master of Science degree from the University of Kansas in global and international studies, where she also served as the president of the Masters in International Studies Organization. She focused her graduate studies on Middle Eastern society and politics and wrote her thesis regarding human trafficking at mega sporting events. Kayla is a member of Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Beta Delta honor societies.
Prior to working at TFAS, Kayla was the international credential evaluator for the University of Arkansas Graduate School and Department of International Education in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She also previously worked for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as an international eligibility representative in Kansas City, Missouri. She most recently spent time in Morocco serving as a youth and community development volunteer in the Peace Corps. During her time in Morocco, she studied Moroccan Arabic, Tashelhit, and Arabic script and Moroccan culture for several months in a village in the Atlas mountains.
Kayla is originally from a small farm in Alma, Kansas. In her free time, she enjoys going to farmers markets with her older sister, hiking in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, landscape photography and cooking vegetarian/vegan meals. She is passionate about ancient and medieval history, human trafficking awareness, and sustainable farming practices. She is an avid Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, and Kansas State Wildcat fan.
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