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Keturah Austin-McClendon
Admissions Associate
Center for Arts in Medicine/Spoken Word, Lyricism, Journaling, Career Counseling

Keturah, also known by her pen name “K. Unique,” began capturing her lyrical journey in middle school, fascinated with the ability to use her words in rhyme to express a thought and feeling. This continued into her collegiate journey where she found a place for her gift in the form of spoken word as a member of Black on Black Rhyme, an international artistic and creative collective of poets. Keturah believes that her lived experiences, creative ventures, and career pathways have culminated in this moment and led her to further advance her purpose-driven work as a “life speaker.” As a community advocate and healer, Keturah’s research interests focus on the psychosocial health of Black women and girls and creating programs to facilitate healing from any trauma to the body and spirit.  

As an artist and author, she has had the opportunity to experience the transformative healing powers of spoken word and pay-it-forward by pouring into the lives of young girls and women through workshops and classes using lyricism, journaling and acting.  Keturah has performed her work in churches, youth symposiums, club venues and in front of anyone with an ear to listen and a heart to receive her words. 

Keturah graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Public Relations and an M.S./Ed.S in Counseling & Human Systems with a specialization in Career Counseling from Florida State University.  She is now in her fisrt year as a graduate student at UF, pursuing a MA in Arts in Medicine (c/o 2024).  She is a self-proclaimed "Mommy advocate" with a dream of creating a supportive space for mothers who are continuing their education.

Contact Information
Office Hours
By Appt.
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Mailing Address

University of Florida
Center for Arts in Medicine
PO Box 115800
Gainesville, FL 32611

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