Adia Sykes is a Masters of Arts candidate (2018) in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a Graduate Curatorial Assistant with Sullivan Galleries at SAIC. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago (2016) with a focus on material culture and museums. Her current research interests include examining the history and potential of curatorial practice as an advocacy tool for racial equity in the arts, as well as formations of racial and gendered identity in visual and performing arts and in popular culture.