Kira Hudson Banks spearheaded the GO-GIRL mentoring program to foster math and science interest among adolescent girls in the Bloomington-Normal community. She has received the community's Athena Award and the Pantagraph's "20 Under 40" honor for her local leadership.
Your hometown?  Edwardsville, Ill.
Alma mater?  Mount Holyoke College, B.A.
University of Michigan, M.A., Ph.D.
Why Wesleyan?

Small liberal arts is where it’s at!

Your teaching? Love it. Oh, what I teach? Abnormal Psychology, Understanding Race, Psychology of Racism, Middle School Girls in Social Science.

I see myself as a partner in the learning process to help motivate and inspire students.

I often use the quote “You cannot get an education from a book or a college any more than you can get to New York by reading a road map.” So, I’m here to help students prepare for that trip, but I can’t make it for them!

Wesleyan students? Active!
Biggest thrill?  SCUBA diving
For fun?  Karaoke
The best?  Family fun (e.g., from traveling to walks on the trail to holiday gatherings).
Favorite book? Whatever I happen to be reading at the moment (right now that is A New Earth).
Favorite band or artist? Stevie Wonder
Favorite movie?  When Harry Met Sally
Favorite quote? "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing – that's why we recommend it daily." — Zig Ziglar

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality– tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever effects one Directly affects all Indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.  This is the interrelated structure of reality." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kira Banks
Psychology faculty at Illinois Wesleyan are committed to undergraduate teaching and to basic and applied research, often collaborating with students.

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