Student Fellows

ida fellows 2023-24

Photo of IDA 2023-24 co-chair Jasmin Zazaboi

Jasmin Zazaboi (Co-Chair)

Jasmin Zazaboi is a visual artist from Northern California who is interested in building a life where her basic needs are met and she has time to build community with people and flowers. In this particular iteration of her artistic self she is using ink, paint, and digital media to explore identity — the narratives that are imposed on us, and the narratives we create for ourselves. Most of her work right now focuses on acts of empowerment, suppression, and the internal conversations that occur in the process of self-invention.

Photo of Bhu, IDA 2023-24 co-chair

Bhumikorn Kongtaveelert (Co-Chair)

Bhumikorn “Bhu” Kongtaveelert is a junior in Art Practice and Computer Science and a passionate energy and environmental journalist for the Stanford Daily. Growing up in the “Cities of Angels” -- Nakhonsawan and Bangkok, Thailand -- Bhu observed the effects of climate change and experienced the constant battles between flooding and droughts across his sinking country. Through painting, projections, family archives, and creative research, he hopes to navigate his complicated relationship with eco-anxiety, global climate policy, inequity, and collective memory.

Photo of Adaeze Chukwuka, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Adaeze Chukwuka

Adaeze Chukwuka is a storyteller and artist with a passion for experimental animation. Her work is marked by an exploration of memory, generational trauma, and womanhood, viewed through the distinct lens of West African culture that she encountered growing up.
Inspired by the pattern clashes and intricate textures found in Nigerian clothing, Adaeze uses technology and illustration to superimpose moving images, crafting a digital tapestry of sorts. Adaeze is senior majoring in Computer Science with a focus in Computer Graphics.

Photo of Casey Hidekawa, 2023-24 IDA fellow

Casey Hidekawa

Casey Hidekawa (they/them) is a queer, Mad and neurodivergent, yonsei Japanese American and Ashkenazi Jewish poet from Huichin (so-called Piedmont, CA). As a descendant of survivors of Amache and Topaz concentration camps, their work centers storytelling, collective memory and intergenerational healing. They find strength as a Jew of color living between many worlds and are committed to building Jewish practices that embody counter-oppressive devotion and Asian American lineage. They are currently working on a Nikkei Haggadah which uses the Jewish tradition of the Pesach (Passover) seder to tell the story of Japanese American incarceration. They stand on the shoulders of their mother and bachan, who remind them that new beginnings are always possible.

Photo of Emma Rehac, 2023-24 IDA Fellow

Emma Rehac

Emma Rehac (she/they) is a community organizer, multimedia artist, and transraical adoptee who grew up in New York City. Her work as both an organizer and artist aims to transform culture and build the power of historically marginalized communities. Their work with the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) explores the experiences of transracial adoptees to explicate the relationships between race, family, cultural identity, and the state.

Photo of Ian Partman, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Ian Partman

Ian Partman is a writer, organizer, and social practice artist from Washington D.C. pursuing a degree in English & Human Rights. Ian was born -- as an asteroid, the size of a soccer field, passed the earth -- with two left feet, a mole above their lip, and freckles on the right side of their face. In their practice, they incorporate writing, film, installation, and performance to examine the work of historical memory in consolidating and contesting contemporary structures of racial terror. Their project with IDA this year invokes the presence of their imaginary childhood friend, through a series of performative and sculptural interventions, to evince the brutal intimacies between state violence, black childhood, and the rhetoric of innocence.

Photo of Isaiah Woods, 2023-24 IDA fellow

Isaiah Woods

Isaiah Woods: "I grew up in Sulligent, Alabama--an atom-sized town--with my grandparents in an old rundown trailer. I come from a place where racial tension was the norm, but older white and black men would commune over their morning coffees at the Mac's Mini Mart Gas Station. Fast forward to my adolescence, I went from an all-white classroom to an all-black one in Salisbury, NC, where I lived in 'The Hood.' Life was tricky, funny, and enigmatic. Then, I got accepted into Stanford University, one of the most challenging institutions to be admitted to in the U.S., where an eclectic assortment of personalities resides.

I am a black man whose Odyssey begins in one of the most rural states in America; then, I moved to a slightly less rural state for most of adolescence. Then, I went to one of the whitest universities on the planet. I come from multiple corners and perspectives of the world and remain at the center of hard-to-have conversations and difficult-to-articulate scenarios. Within all of that are endless stories/accounts I have to share as my metaphor for life."

Photo of Jackie Liu, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Jackie Liu

Jackie Liu (she/her) is a junior at Stanford University majoring in Art Practice and double-minoring in Philosophy and Environmental Justice. Through painting, writing, and video, she traverses themes of trauma, identity, and resilience. By articulating and sharing her own stories, she aims to celebrate vulnerability, invite conversation, and foster communion and healing. Jackie is currently interested in exploring how art can respond to the ecological crisis, and how restoring kinship with the Earth is fundamental to deepening our commitments to justice in all its facets.

Photo of Josie Amoo, 2023-24 IDA fellow

Josie Amoo

Josie Amoo (she/they) is a Black animator and mixed media creative and illustrator whose work focuses on race, gender, sexuality, environmental justice, liberation, and identity. Josie is double-majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering and African and African-American Studies. She creates with an emphasis on connection to cultural heritage, storytelling, and nature. She uses animation as a combination of preserving oral histories and artistic and scientific communication. This process motivates her to create pieces highlighting black queer joy, freedom, and happiness.

Photo of Kea Clebsch, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Kea Kahoilua-Clebsch

Kea Kahoilua-Clebsch (she/her) is a Native Hawaiian artist from the island of Hawaiʻi. Her art practice is grounded in a love for her ancestors and ʻohana, who she gets to honor and know more deeply through her work. Through a cross pollination of oil painting and experimental animation, Kea’s current work focuses on her genealogy and connection to place in Panaʻewa, Hawaii. In her work, Kea goes in an out of what is tangible (family, land, body) and what is intangible (cultural memory, myth, dreams). Whether it’s creating moments with the ancestors she’s never met or visualizing new futures for her descendants, Kea aspires to create work that serves as a point of healing for her family and community.

Photo of Margarita Jamero, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Margarita Jamero

Margarita Jamero (she/her) is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor from Sacramento, CA currently in her senior year at Stanford University majoring in Theater and Performance Studies. She has been writing for 2 years and acting for 8. Most recently, she wrote a play entitled Mga Ate, a collection of monologues based on a series of interviews she conducted with Filipina-American women of all ages. She also wrote and performed an original work at the New Americans Museum in San Diego as a part of a curated art event entitled Motions and Emotions: Filipino-American Stories of Healing. There, she gained a passion for connecting her art to her community to enact change, such as creating radical healing spaces. She is currently writing her first full-length play called ROACH HOUSE.

Photo of Michael Crinot, 2023-24 IDA fellow

Michael Crinot

Michael Crinot is a designer who draws inspiration from his cultural background, community, nature, and the chaotic times that we are living in. His goal is to manifest objects and concepts that provide healing, comfort, and representation. Crinot focuses on creating clothes, visual art, and music that illustrate stories of the Black Genderqueer Neurodivergent experience.

"I am a creative bandit and I hold irreverence (not disrespect) close to my heart. At Stanford, I am a Senior studying Design and Art Practice, and I prioritize blending those disciplines to produce art and expression that foster community and remind us of the deeply unserious nature of this life we are living."

Photo of Priscilla De La Rosa, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Priscilla De La Rosa

Priscilla De La Rosa (she/her) is a senior double majoring in English and Theater and Performance Studies. She directed La Vida Lobo by Linda Amayo Hassan, assistant directed Julius Caesar, and has acted in Parentheses of Blood, Madame Ong, Gaities, La Llorona, and the Stanford Improvisors. She directs and acts in plays that intersect, bring awareness, and give new perspectives on social justice issues. She is currently working on an original jukebox Regional Mexican musical called Ama where she will direct and act.

Photo of Rima Makaryan, a 2023-24 IDA fellow

Rima Makaryan

Rima Makaryan was born in Armenia and has lived in the Bay Area for the last 13 years. Despite the distance, she remains deeply connected to her home country and is constantly inspired by its tradition of craft and connection with land. She is a senior studying Architectural Design focused on sustainable building practices and vernacular architecture. Before coming to Stanford, she founded The Monarch Project, which is a public art organization specializing in murals as a vessel for social change and telling deeply human stories. She is a photographer in training and a lover of learning new languages.

Photo of Anna Zheng, Junah Jang, and Eli Shi from the Three Fools Collective (2023-24 IDA Fellows)

The Three Fools Collective

The Three Fools Collective team includes a core group of six artists—Anna Zheng, Eli Shi, Junah Jang, Emily Saletan, Isabelle Edgar, Kaelyn Ong—with three of us acting as representatives for the larger collective within the fellowship.

This collaboration resulted in so much including the play “Constellations” by Nick Payne. Born from a late-night question: what happens when movement becomes a play’s primary storytelling language? Since then, we’ve found the idea of combining our passions in dance/choreography (Eli), text/acting (Junah), and directing/devising (Anna) too undeniable (and exciting!) to ignore. 

IDA 2023-24 Creative Thesis Cohort

Photo of Brittany Linus, 2023-24 Creative Honors Thesis Fellow

Brittany Ozioma Linus

Brittany Ozioma Linus is a Black digital designer, celestial cartographer, and dream-caster navigating the boundless expanse of digital space to chart the constellations of Black identity and resilience. With a foundation rooted in African and African American studies at Stanford University, Linus passionately explores the intersections of Black culture and digital technology, weaving tales of Black digitality across the stars as a visual storyteller. Through her scholarship and graphic designs, she harnesses the power of digital expression to declare, affirm, and protect Blackness from the threat of erasure, transforming each encounter into a cosmic voyage towards a future where Black existence shines brightly throughout the universe. Her explorations always start with examining Black rhetorics, where every method of Black expression carries the potentiality of protecting one's Blackness from erasure. The culmination of these explorations is her creative honors thesis: a multidimensional inquiry into the ways Black video-gameplay is pleasure activism, where wholeness, happiness, and satisfaction with how Blackness is fashioned in alternative realities affirm Blackness in this reality.

Photo of Chali Lee, a 2023-24 Creative Honors Thesis Fellow

Chali Lee

Chali Lee (he/him/any) is a queer Hmong student from Fresno, CA studying Political Science and Asian American Studies at Stanford University. He is passionate about education, equity and access, identity formation, intersectionality, dance, and visibility of underrepresented groups. Chali recognizes the need for visibility and documentation of queer Hmong communities for queer Hmong youth. Therefore, he is making a documentary on queer Hmong identity formation in relation to Hmong culture, geographic location, and American society.

Photo of Kyra Teigen, 2023-24 Creative Honors Thesis Fellow

Kyra Dorado Teigen

Kyra Dorado Teigen (she/her) was raised in Huchiun, Lisjan Ohlone land (otherwise known as Berkeley, CA) and is currently a senior at Stanford University majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and minoring in Environmental Justice. Kyra is an interdisciplinary artist and ate seeking to nurture liberatory community spaces and reciprocal relationships to land in her artistic and cultural work. Her thesis project, a collaboration with youth from Sama Sama summer camp and family cooperative explores the transformative potential of the Filipino concepts kapwa and tabi tabi po through community art creation.


Photo of Leila Tamale, 2023-24 Creative Thesis Honors fellow

Leila Tamale

Leila Tamale is a diasporic daughter of Oceania, born on the unceded lands of the Muwekma Ohlone (Bay Area), and nurtured into womanhood by this environment and her loving "village." She is a descendant of visionaries, resistance fighters, earth-tenders, and art-makers hailing from Tonga, France, Samoa, and Fiji, and is committed to honoring these legacies and supporting future generations through her own art practice as an emerging multi-media poet-artivist.

Leila is a first-generation and second-year transfer student in her senior year at Stanford University, majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with the IDA subplan. She is currently working on her honors thesis which is a Pasifikafuturist continuation of generations of Tongan resistance to colonialism and protection of the sacred through art practice.

Photo of Osadolor Osawemwenze, a 2023-24 Creative Honors Thesis Fellow

Osadolor Osawemwenze

Osadolor Osawemwenze is a visual maker, creative researcher, and sound designer who finds the most inspiration in the multiplicity of himself that is not so clearly defined or categorizable. Their experiences, [physical, social, and cultural] environments, and media consumption have shaped and continue to shape her nuanced thoughts on life as a Nigerian American born and raised in Dallas. Moments of discovery, reflection, introspection, and awareness of their positioning in this world influence his nostalgic Lo-Fi and D-I-Y videos, experimental sonic design, expressive photography, mixed media presentations of digital manipulations, texturized designs, and intricate yet fluid drawings. Her multidisciplinary art practice and media research expand their nuanced perspective on Blackqueerness as a young Nigerian from Texas. In his globally charting podcast, 'a coming of age, but irl,' Osadolor blurs introspection and conversation through uniquely crafted sonic experiences.