Kazi Joshua has dedicated his service toward Black liberation and economic justice in the prison system, academia, community, and church. He is the president of Fabian’s Fund, which provides financial support for liberation education for those impacted by the carceral state. He is a regular volunteer at Washington State Penitentiary and was appointed by the governor to Washington state’s Clemency and Pardons Board in 2022.
With extensive experience in academia, Kazi held faculty and administrative leadership positions at several institutions before joining Whitman College in 2015. There, he serves as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students and teaches in the Indigeneity, race and ethnic studies program and the first-year experience course. Kazi has previously served at Whitman as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. He received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College of Vermont and went on to do graduate work at Maryknoll School of Theology, Yale University, and University of Chicago.
Originally from Malawi in Southeast Africa, Kazi now lives in Walla Walla, where he attends and regularly speaks at First Congressional Church and serves as the vice president of the board at Sherwood Trust.