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Shalene Joseph



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Hstorical trauma and policy surrounding the health care systems that administer to Native American community

Shalene (Aaniih/Athabascan) recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Shalene (Aaniih/Athabascan) recently graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Native American and Indigenous Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She is excited to start her new journey at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) for a Master’s program in American Indian Studies. UCLA has been her dream school since visiting the campus five years ago while coaching a basketball team during the Native tournament. This dream motivated her to work harder, study more, and engage with mentors- all to assist her in being accepted into UCLA. Growing up, Shalene has been mentored and molded into a youth leader through the Native Wellness Institute (NWI), a national non-profit serving Indian Country, and while not in school she works for NWI as a Project Coordinator and helps to bring healing and wellness to tribal and urban communities through a variety of programs. She has traveled to many tribal communities for cultural gatherings and training opportunities and has had the honor to experience and learn from each community. Shalene strives to see Indigenous people of all ages rise and become the healthy individuals and communities they desire to be- all through positive thoughts and actions. Loving the work she does, Shalene wants to continue her education through formal schooling, as well as learning from her peers, mentors and elders, and continuing her adventures to gain the lived experience we all strive for.
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