Eliza co-instructs D-Lab: Design. She uses textile design to bridge the worlds of art and science. Collaborating with artists, artisans, and a wide range of public health workers, Eliza co-creates textile patterns that communicate health information specifically for communities with low literacy or language barriers that prevent equitable healthcare access. Her textile designs for health campaigns in West Africa, including cervical cancer prevention in Mali and infant vaccination in Niger, have received two “Grand Challenge Exploration” grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Eliza’s research in traditional art practices and artisan entrepreneurship has taken her to North Africa and South America, where she facilitated design workshops in Yine-Yami, Shuar, and Shipibo indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Eliza received a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Eliza is a 2019 Atlantic Fellows for Global Health Equity at George Washington University.