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Zariah Smith

Programs Coordinator


Zariah graduated from Fort Hays State University in May 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and May 2022 with a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work. Throughout her five years at the university, she was heavily involved on campus and the local community. During her time at Fort Hays State University, Zariah excelled academically, athletically, and in various roles and organizations. As team captain of the women's soccer team, she demonstrated her ability to lead and collaborate effectively as well as contributed her skills and perspectives as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the Black Student Union, and numerous non-profit organizations, where she devoted her time to making a positive impact.

Zariah's passion for mental health and student advocacy flourished while she worked in an internship position at the on-campus counseling center. As a counselor, she provided direct therapy to students facing mental health challenges and developed specialized resources addressing the unique struggles encountered by student-athletes. Through her personal experiences, including overcoming adversity and mental health obstacles during her athletic career, Zariah's determination to advocate for mental health and support students in higher education intensified. With a diverse clinical background spanning higher education, employee assistance programs (EAP), child welfare, youth psychiatric, and sexual and domestic violence advocacy, Zariah brings diverse experiences and skillets to the table.

Currently residing in Austin, TX, and holding a license as a Master Social Worker (LMSW), she works in accessibility services within higher education. Her role involves ensuring that college students have equal access to academic opportunities through reasonable accommodations and ongoing counseling. She is excited to bring her experience and passion to AFA in breaking the stigma around mental health and making mental health services more accessible in the athletic community. In her free time, Zariah finds joy in attending church, playing golf, exploring new restaurants, and cherishing moments spent with loved ones.

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