Kiara is a Ph.D. student in social psychology. She received a B.A. from Rice University in psychology and sociology. Kiara’s research focuses on communication and interpersonal understanding within intergroup relationships and friendships. In one line of research, she studies when and how people of color disclose race-related experiences to cross-race friends and the barriers to doing so. Additionally, she examines trust between parents of color and white teachers, as this relationship may influence children’s classroom-identity safety. Kiara has the goal of developing psychologically attuned interventions to leverage productive conversations about race in the classroom and within relationships in order to increase shared reality and understanding between social groups.