Current Projects

Through action research + creative projects Naya 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 RootWorkFor 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

Inspired by Naya's participatory research and by her work with Food for Black Thought, this tour promotes food justice through interactive presentations with grassroots, non-profit, and policy stakeholders. 



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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.