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Kaya Rial (they/them)

Immigrant Rights/Civic Engagement Organizer

Kaya Rial is a queer Filipinx artist, creative, and organizer currently residing on the traditional unceded homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. They are an alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; they graduated with a BFA in Architecture and hold professional experience in the architectural field, graphic design, and the food service industry. Kaya’s experience with AFIRE began as a volunteer, then Core Member, and now Community Organizer.

In the past, they have design-collaborated with Grow-Op Chicago, a community garden advocacy group and seed-starting initiative, and have organized with Non-Monog Baddies, a queer and POC-centered non-monogamous/polyamorous discussion and support group. Additionally, they are an active volunteer with Cedillo's Fresh Produce, a family-run urban farm located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. In their spare time, Kaya enjoys listening and singing along to 80s/90s power ballads, hoarding plants, and lounging in bed.