Lenai Johnson served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, where she worked as a youth development facilitator at a residential center for survivors of gender-based violence. She assisted in designing a behavioral management program for the center, creating therapeutic activities to address trauma, and also facilitated advocacy sessions throughout her province that focused on eliminating violence against women and children. Lenai also has worked for the YWCA Madison, interned with the State Public Defender’s Office in Wisconsin, volunteered as an English and writing tutor in South Africa, and facilitated a social justice class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lenai’s passion for human rights and justice brought her to the Keough School, where she hopes to explore the intersection between gender and conflict, with a specific focus on genocide and mass atrocities. Lenai holds a BA in legal studies and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.