Kara Venzian graduated with honors from Missouri State University, earning BA degrees in anthropology and political science. As a student, she worked as a research assistant for the Department of Anthropology. She also served in leadership positions in campus organizations, gained international recognition for her work as an LGBTQ+ rights activist, and received the Outstanding Diversity Development Award. After graduation Kara served as a youth development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Fiji, working on village development, literacy training, women’s health, and grant writing. As a sftudent, Kara was the recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.