Postindustrial chemical sunsets and copious amounts of lake effect snow provided an awe-inspiring backdrop for Alicia’s upbringing in Buffalo, NY. A childhood in the rust belt not only informed her aesthetic, but also inspired her to tell stories, as both an artist and educator, that highlight resilience and explore multiple perspectives that are not often featured in mainstream narratives.
She studied American history at the University of New Mexico and continued her formal education at the University of Washington where she earned a Master of Communication. Alicia's award winning thesis film, “American Red and Black: Stories of Afro Native Identity,” investigates mixed heritage issues and has been shown at a variety venues throughout the US and Canada. In 2015, it was named by Indian Country Today as one of the “10 Fascinating Documentaries about Native Americans You Can Watch Right Now” and a "must-see Native American documentary" by Sundance TV.
Alicia also earned an MFA from Temple University where she was awarded a Future Faculty Fellowship and the Ben and Minnie Lazaroff Award for screenwriting (2019). Currently based in Los Angeles, Alicia continues to produce media and educational materials that incorporate a diverse perspective.