Raised in Oregon and daughter of Mexican immigrants, Naily Nevarez is a graduating senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Art & Technology and double minoring in Computer Information Technology and Business Administration. In 2017, she circumnavigated the world through Semester at Sea, traveling to 10 countries across Asia and Africa. Naily’s artwork explores storytelling as a tool to help others build empathy for the lived experience of marginalized communities. Her commitment to empowerment has led her to intern with organizations such as MEChA, ThinkShout, Majesty Digital, CMAE and more recently, Nike Valiant Labs – Nike’s business incubator that creates sustainable services for underrepresented groups. For her thesis, Naily is partnering with Detention Watch Network to create an interactive storytelling website that reveals the injustices of immigration detention in the United States. Within the next couple of years, Naily plans to pursue graduate studies in social innovation design.
Updated May 2020