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
Karla Casique is the Community Organizing Student Intern (COSI) for Native American Indian/Indigenous Student Involvement. She is a Multi-Platform Journalism major and is studying to have a minor in U.S. Latino/a Studies.
She is a Staff Reporter for The Writer's Bloc, part of the Executive Board of the creative journal Unbound and Communications Assistant at the Clarice. She strives to give indigenous student at the University of Maryland a voice, as well as expose the student body and beyond to indigenous issues, history and culture.