Lila Faria is an education futurist and play enthusiast. After struggling with auditory processing disorder (APD) in public school, Lila attended New York University (class of 2017) with the mission of studying teaching and learning environments that moved away from traditional, lecture-based American education. At NYU, she developed an interdisciplinary major called, “Play Grounds” – or the study of places where play and learning can simultaneously occur. Her research included collaborations with two of NYU’s graduate programs: Digital Media Design Lab (DMDL) and Games for Learning (G4L), as well as two semesters abroad (London and Berlin).
During her time at NYU, Lila also delved into another passion: Blues social dance. After spending three years exploring dance communities in the UK and Europe, she packed her bags and moved to the West Coast. There, she spent four months learning about dance education practices in a variety of cities along the coast, followed by two years volunteering at four major dance organizations in Seattle.
As the Global Chapter Digital Community Manager at SU, Lila uses her unique background to network, collaborate, and connect like-minded education enthusiasts around the world. When not supporting SU, Lila splits her time supporting Bellevue Community College’s VR/XR Lab and teaching blues dance classes.