Black Freedom Factory President Kimiya Factory finds place as a leader for racial justice
Kimiya Factory learned at a young age the importance of finding your voice. Growing up in Austin as the daughter of a single mother, Factory says she was taught that her values mattered above all else and that they should carry over into every facet of her life. With that in mind, she enrolled at the University of Texas at San Antonio to study political science with a minor in legal studies, hoping to find a path where she could influence policy and law in the years to come. At UTSA, she became involved with the debate team, allowing her to travel and compete while learning about policy and how to make structural changes. The 20-something put those ideals to work while still in school, helping to lead the #changerapeculture movement at UTSA and meeting other community members in the process who would eventually empower her to become a leader in the current movement for equality and racial justice.