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Ala Ebtekar

Spring 2012 / Spring 2013 / Winter 2015   Through a steady and impressive career that has incorporated sculpture, photography, fashion, and installation, Ala Ebtekar has continually returned to his initial passion of drawing and painting.  With meticulous deliberation to conceptual intent and aesthetic execution, he creates fluid, graceful pieces that inhabit a realm where the past and present collide in a perpetual dance of deconstructed and reconstructed time and space.

Mark Gonzales

Fall 2011   Described as ‘Khalil Gibran meets Pablo Neruda,’ Mark is a HBO Def Jam poet who has shared his writing on stage around the world, including the first TEDxRamallah talks held in Palestine, which led him to trend worldwide on Twitter. As a community builder he was an invited speaker at the United Nations tribunal on Social Exclusion. Mark’s work breaks borders to wage beauty across continents of language and culture, which has earned him respect for his creative approaches to suicide prevention, human rights and human development.

dream hampton

Winter 2015   dream hampton is a writer, award winning filmmaker and social justice organizer. Her film credits include: Director; “Black August (2010)”, Director; ”I AM ALI (2003)”, Co-Executive Producer; “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”, Co-Producer; “BET Black Girls Rock (2010-2013)”, Writer; “BET Honors Awards (2010-2013)” Associate Producer; ”The Russian Winter (2012)” Co-Producer; “Behind the Music: Notorious B.I.G. (1999, Emmy).” She  directed the music video “QueenS,” which NPR named one of the most stylish of 2012.

A-lan Holt

Fall 2015 A-lan Holt is a dramatist and mother, who imagines and manifests entire worlds on stage for close intimate audiences. The landscapes of her written work root themselves in themes of loneliness, love, and utopian desires. A-lan is the youngest writer to be awarded a two-year residency at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. Her plays and performances have been presented around the US and internationally in Kampala, Uganda (National Theatre of Uganda). Plays include The Bottom (developed starring Lupita N’yongo) and 8ball (Dr.

Rubén Martínez

Fall 2012 / Winter 2014 / Spring 2015   Rubén Martínez is an award-winning journalist, author and performer. Among the themes covered in his works are immigrant life and globalization, the cultural and political history of Los Angeles (Martinez's hometown), the civil wars of the 1980s in Central America (his mother is a native of El Salvador) and Mexican politics and culture (he is a second-generation Mexican-American on the father's side of his family).

Joan Morgan

Winter 2013   Joan Morgan began a career in journalism as a freelance writer for The Village Voice. The response to her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture” about the Central Park jogger, “established Morgan’s reputation as a black-feminist writer who was unafraid of tacking the most highly charged topics.” A few years later, Morgan won an Excellence Merit Media Award from the National Woman’s Political Caucus for her coverage of the rape trial of Mike Tyson. Morgan went on to become an Executive Editor of Essence Magazine, and has written for Spin, Vibe, and GIANT.

Jerome Reyes

SPRING 2014   Jerome Reyes (b Daly City, CA United States) is an artist and educator who works with the collaborative potentials of institutions, alterity, and architecture. His work straddles installation, text, time-based media, public events, theatrical readings, cross-institutional curricula, and long-term educational initiatives.

Favianna Rodriguez

Spring 2012   Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.

In Residence

Aleta Hayes

Aleta Hayes is a “contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher.” She holds an M.F.A in Dance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts from Stanford. Hayes has taught at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, and Princeton University, where she developed “pedagogically innovative courses that combined cultural and performance history, theory, and performance.”

Cherrie Moraga

Playwright, poet, and essayist Cherrie Moraga has served as Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University for over ten years and currently holds a joint appointment with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. 

Robert Moses

Robert Moses has been on the dance faculty at Stanford University since 1995, and currently holds the title of “Artist In Residence in Drama and Dance.” He also serves as Director of the Committee on Black Performing arts. He has choreographed for the San Francisco Opera and worked with numerous artists including Julia Adam, Margaret Jenkins, and Alonzo King. Prior to joining Stanford’s faculty, Moses taught at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, University of Texas, and University of Nevada.

Katie Lan

Hi! My name is Katie and I'm a third year student studying Urban Studies and Earth Systems. Hailing from the Bay Area, I have an immense love for the diverse and dynamic communities. I'm interested in practices that center environmental justice and help foster the intersection of art and activism. Beyond IDA, I'm  in the fields learning how to grow food, exploring issues of Asian American activism, and making art to help process this wild and wonderful world we live in!