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1120 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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Naliyah Kaya is the Coordinator for Multiracial & Multicultural Student Involvement and Community Advocacy. She supports Multiracial/Multiethnic students by serving as an institutional advocate for the needs of these communities. She coordinates Multiracial Heritage Month, advises the Multiracial Biracial Student Association (MBSA), serves as the Community Liaison for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association and teaches Leadership and Intersecting Identities: Stories of the MULTI racial/ethnic/cultural Experience.

As a “poetic public sociologist,” Naliyah utilizes poetry as a medium for teaching and social change. She encourages students to utilize artistic expression as they examine their own identities, beliefs and values. It is her hope that through this process of self-exploration students will embrace cultural pluralism, find commonalities across differences and engage in research and dialogues that seek to benefit the greater good of society through positive social action.  

A native of Washington State, Naliyah grew up just outside of Seattle. She earned an A.A.S. from Shoreline Community College, a B.A. in Sociology from Hampton University, and received her M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology at George Mason University.

Email:  Phone: 301-405-8757