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Nkenji Clarke, M.Ed., NCC

Graduate Assistant Counselor


Nkenji ClarkeNkenji was born and raised in The Bronx, New York City, to a Panamanian immigrant mom. She is the eldest of two with a baby sister. After completing high school, she went off to earn her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Spelman College with a minor in Education. While at Spelman, she joined multiple service organizations dedicated to serving children in urban schools, queer Black folks, and mental health awareness. Her most prominent role as an undergraduate, was being promoted to senior resident adviser for 300 students living on campus. It was during these four years that she decided her next career steps included being a school counselor.

Upon graduating from Spelman College, Nkenji moved to State College, Pennsylvania, to begin her graduate studies. In 2017, Nkenji earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselor Education with certifications in school counseling and national certified counseling. During her matriculation, Nkenji was involved in multiple leadership and service experiences that included the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society, the Black Graduate Student Association, Active Minds, the Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, a graduate assistant position in the College of Education, a mentor in the Morgan Academic Center, the CEDAR Clinic, and a counselor for the State College Area Senior High School.

Prior to joining the MRC, Nkenji was a secondary school counselor in New York City and involved in her alma maters’ alumna chapters. Along with being a graduate assistant for the MRC, Nkenji is also working toward her Ph.D. in Counselor Education. She is excited to provide her services as a counselor and is an advocate for equity and justice. As a Black Girl, she is dedicated to empowering folks to use their voice, commit to their healing, and invest in their well-being. Her research is focused on preventative measures in the school setting to support underrepresented students to excel socially, emotionally, and academically. Nkenji is fully open to working with the Penn State community again and is excited for the journey ahead.

Contact Nkenji Clarke
Email: nkc5047