Kendell grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, a B.A. in Human Rights, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in May 2018. During spring of her junior year, she studied abroad in the Netherlands and Morocco with SIT on a program focusing on gender and sexuality. While at SMU, she was actively involved with the Women and LGBT Center on campus serving as an LGBT+Allies panelist, and during her sophomore year, the vice president of the Feminist Equality Movement. She also served as communications chair for the Human Rights Student Leadership Initiative (SLI) Board. She has worked to combine her passions for human rights and art through her capstone choreography project exploring gun violence through dance, as well as reflecting on the continuous racial tension and injustice through Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” for SMU’s Brown Bag Dance Series.
Updated May 2018