Naliyah Kaya is the Coordinator for Multiracial & Multicultural Student Involvement and Community Advocacy. She supports Multiracial/Multiethnic and Native American Indian/Indigenous student groups by serving as an institutional advocate for the needs of these communities. She is responsible for coordinating Native American Indian & Multiracial heritage months and advising the American Indian Student Union (AISU) and Multiracial Biracial Student Association (MBSA). Additionally, she is co-chair of the Inclusive Language Campaign, a mentor for the Transfer 2 Terp (T2T) Program and teaches Leadership and Intersecting Identities: Stories of the MULTI racial/ethnic/cultural Experience and TOTUS Spoken Word 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: Nkaya@umd.edu Phone: 301-405-8757
Mandla ‘Kosi’ Dunn works as a Multiracial & Multicultural Community Organizing Student Intern in the MICA Office where he is excited to share his unique talents and love for storytelling as he prepares for a career in animation. He is a tap dancer, longboarder, College Park Arts Scholar, Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House resident, and undergraduate computer science major at the University of Maryland. A lifelong writer and performer, Kosi is grateful to have shared the stages with numerous accomplished spoken word poets and national slam champions in cities such as the University of Chicago for the 2013 Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the State Theatre in Tshwane, South Africa. Kosi is an alumni of the DC Youth Slam Poetry Team, sponsored by nonprofit, Split This Rock, where he spent three years training in youth mentorship, writing workshop facilitation, and community organizing.