Kimya Nuru Dennis

Sociologist, Criminologist, and Founder of 365 Diversity
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As a community advocate, educator, and qualitative researcher, Dennis’ research focuses on racial and ethnic justice, socioeconomic justice, health justice, gender justice, sexuality justice, and reproductive justice for minoritized and underserved people. She collaborates with — and contributes to — communities, organizations, and K-12 schools and colleges-universities to improve materials, resources, services, and consistent outcomes. This includes cultural-collective-community-family health outreach; teaching and training medical and health students and professionals; job skills and economic development; cultural-collective-community-family education outreach; changing school curriculum and course materials; and conducting 6-month or annual assessments for policies and results.


The Complexities of Black Youth Suicide

No Jargon Podcast

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Kimya Nuru Dennis quoted on the use of tablets to try to lower rates of recidivism, "Computer Tablets and Podcasts Becoming the New Normal in Prisons Nationwide" , October 2, 2021.
Kimya Nuru Dennis quoted on the overall validity of community policing, "Police Willing To Talk, Agree More Work Needs To Be Done" , July 19, 2021.
Kimya Nuru Dennis's research on racial disparities in mental health programs discussed by Shakkira Harris, "One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Alarming Rates of Suicide in the Black Community," September 10, 2019.
Kimya Nuru Dennis quoted on the factors contributing to suicide among black youth, "Why Are So Many Black Kids Dying From Suicide?" , February 22, 2016.


"Sociology of Black Health," The Griot, Association of Black Sociologists, Winter 2022.

Holistic Black health is based on Black awareness and Black involvement in medical and health community events, resource access, and consistent appointments. Such Black consciousness is the core of community-patient advocacy that contributes to improving curriculum, materials, policies, and practices in medical and health academic programs, organizations, and facilities.

"Relieving the Burden of Self-Reliance: Centering the Experiences of Black Women Graduate Students in Predominantly White Institutions" (with Kendra Jason and Sonyia Richardson). Journal of African American Women and Girls in Education 2, no. 3 (2022): 8-33.

Explores the educational experiences of Black women who recently obtained graduate degrees from Predominantly White Institutions. Provides concrete and practical strategies to systematically support Black women graduate students and relieve them of the burden of self-reliance.

"Black Women Academics: Artistic Expression Through Teaching, Research, and Activism" (with Kendra Jason). Association of Black Sociologists, Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal 6 (2018).

Places academia within an artistic landscape and addresses how Black women junior faculty create artistry and artistic expression, handle perceived obstacles, and use their voices to enact change. 

"Black Male Suicide: Inward Expressions of Social Status and Status Frustration" in The Handbook of Research on Black Males, edited by Theodore Ransaw, Charles Gause, and Richard Majors (Michigan State University Press, 2018).

Contributes to the study of relationships between socioeconomic status, sociopolitical status, directions of lethal violence, and suicide.