Current Projects

Through action research + creative projects Naya explores issues of race, place, and wellbeing with an emphasis on the Black diaspora. For journal articles and blogs related to these projects, visit here


Eating While Young and Black

Eating While Young and Black is a collection of essays based on participatory research with African-American and Afro-Latinx teens in gentrifying Austin, Texas. 


Beyond Food Deserts Tour 

The Beyond Food Deserts Tour takes research public through informal talks with stakeholders in Austin, Texas. Inspired by Naya's participatory research and by her work work with Food for Black Thought, the purpose of this tour is to promote food justice through conversations with actors who directly impact Black lives in grassroots, non-profit, and policy work. Follow the blog for updates.

 

 


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Fruit of the Ancestors 

A traveling ritual, Fruit of the Ancestors invites co-healers (aka participants) to explore their relationships with food and land. Designed for Black and other historically-marginalized populations who have inherited trauma (and joy!) around food production, land, and other related themes, Fruit opens a space for personal and collective inquiry. Fruit draws on Naya's research about Black food traditions as well as personal experiences as a Black Xicana. 


About

Through action research + creative projects Naya broadly explores issues of race, place, and wellbeing with an emphasis on the Black diaspora. She also collaborates with partners on projects through Food for Black Thought and RootWork