Taneya Garcia is the 2022-2023 New Mexico Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies with a focus on the Poor Peoples’ Campaign. Being born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised on Pueblo of Santa Ana and Pueblo of Acoma reservations, has influenced her passion for activism in Indigenous communities and community-based research and scholarship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies.
Taneya’s passions for Indigenous education, language reclamation, and community-based activism shined through in her coursework at Lawrence University. As a part of Ethnic Studies degree, Taneya crafted a 10-week Indigenous Learning model that emphasized Indigenous education, language and pedagogy alongside teaching the fundamentals of western education. During her junior and senior years she interned with College Horizons, a non-profit organization dedicated to provide college prep materials to Native American, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students.
Taneya hopes to use her passions and her connections to Indigenous communities during her fellowship at IPS to bring a unique perspective to public scholarship and policy.