Cyekeia Lee believes that education can be a pathway for students to achieve their dreams. As a first-generation college student, she knows how important it is for every student to have equal access to post-secondary education programs, and she sees The Kalamazoo Promise as a catalyst to transform education for generations to come. In her role as the director of community collaboration for The Kalamazoo Promise, she will be working with community partners to align best practices, supports, and resources for Promise students.
This past year Cyekeia served as the executive director of The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo, where she had the opportunity to work with cross-sector partners to explore community collaboration efforts for students in Kalamazoo County.
Cyekeia arrived in Kalamazoo after spending 14 years working in postsecondary education at the local, regional, and national levels. She has served as the director for higher education initiatives with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, where she worked to streamline higher education access for students experiencing homelessness in 17 states. Additionally, she has worked with many students and families in financial aid roles at Eastern Michigan University, and Wayne State University as the liaison to programs for first-generation and economically disadvantaged students.
Cyekeia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Wayne State University.