Ayana Belk is in the final year of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at Kansas State University, also pursuing a minor in Community Planning. Her goal is to establish a non-profit organization in Kansas City, Kansas to provide a space where youth can discover landscape architecture. Her graduate research addresses the Black students’ journey from discovering landscape architecture to navigating a career in landscape architecture. Much of her academic work has focused on exploring the barriers Black landscape architecture students face, with the aim of offering universities and the profession recommendations for improving the Black experience, as well as increasing the number of Black landscape architects. Ayana was the 2021 Winner of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) Scholarship for Inclusive Community Design and the Daniel Zwier/Permaloc Innovation Scholarship, which was the inaugural First Runner-up Award. Ayana is the Chair of the Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN) Student Council.