Nia Imara is an artist and astrophysicist . Born in Oakland, CA, Nia's body of art work reflects her love for vibrant color, people, and their stories. Nia studied astrophysics at UC Berkeley and did her postdoctoral research at Harvard University. She is currently a professor of astronomy at UC Santa Cruz, where she investigates how stars are born in the Milky Way and other galaxies throughout the universe. Nia is the founder/director of Onaketa, a nonprofit that provides free STEM tutoring and other educational resources to black and brown youth.