Dr. Kay  McGowan

Dr. Kay McGowan

Dr. Kay McGowan is of Mississippi Choctaw and Cherokee heritage. She is a Cultural Anthropologist with degrees from University of Michigan, and PhD from Wayne State University. She teaches Anthropology and Native American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Kay co-founded First Step, an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. As Director with the Michigan Citizens Lobby, Kay helped pass the first Generic Drug Law in the US. She was a consultant at the Rosa Parks Foundation’s Pathway to Freedom Program on the Trail of Tears. She is the author of over sixty articles and has contributed to several books. She serves on the board of the National Urban Indian Coalition and the National Indian Youth Council. Dr. McGowan is a regular delegate to the United Nations including the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination. Dr. McGowan was inducted in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.