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Expanding Our Roots: Kaitlyn Joshua

"Expanding Our Roots: Global Conversations With 821" is an online interview series hosted by The 821 Project. The purpose of the series is to showcase the cultural diversity, global connections, and social consciousness of the people of southeast Louisiana as well as those who work to expand southeast Louisiana's roots to the world through works that promote social justice and global citizenship.

The series presents community organizers, community leaders, and residents living in southeast Louisiana who come from different parts of the world or who work to promote global citizenship, multiculturalism, and social justice in our regional community.

This interview is with Kaitlyn Joshua. Kaitlyn Joshua is a Community Organizer for the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice. Kaitlyn Joshua was born and raised in Baton Rouge and continues to reside there with her husband, Landon Joshua, and their young daughter, Lauryn. Kaitlyn spent her entire academic career in Baton Rouge, going through East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools before moving on to Southern University, where she graduated in 2016 with a degree in biology and a minor in Spanish. On her path to becoming a medical physician, she stumbled upon several different social justice organizations that sparked her interest and led her to follow her passion, ultimately leading to her work as a faith organizer with the Power Coalition. Before joining Power, Kaitlyn served as the statewide organizer for Step Up Louisiana. As a Louisiana native, Kaitlyn is passionate about making this state a better place to live for everyone. She believes that through activism and organizing we can build a more equitable community, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. For her, that is the real work of the Lord. Disrupting systemic oppression starts with making sure everyone has an opportunity to make a living wage, attend great schools, and ensure that their vote is counted.

To learn more about the Power Coalition, visit


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