Sanika Nayak

Barbara Harlow Intern in Human Rights & Social Justice (Spring 2021)
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Sanika Nayak (she/her) is a junior studying Speech, Language, and Hearing with a minor in Business and a Human Rights and Social Justice certificate. Her research interests include disability rights and accessibility, Indigenous rights, civic engagement, and media literacy. In the past, she has worked at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life as an outreach intern and was an associate editor and member of The Daily Texan editorial board from summer 2019 to fall 2020. She is currently working on a two-semester honors thesis focused on barriers to workplace equity for augmented and alternative communication users. Sanika is also working with UT professor Dr. Shiv Ganesh to create a timeline database of the Forest Rights Act and its effects on Indigenous communities in India. Sanika currently serves as president of the Moody College Honors Council and as the Diversity and Inclusion Internal Relations Director at The Daily Texan. After graduating, she would like to pursue social justice further by attending law school in hopes of becoming a human rights lawyer.