AISES at UCLA Executive Board members.
November 2022 | UCLA Life Sciences
This fall, at the national conference of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), UCLA’s AISES chapter received the 2022 Outreach & Community Service Chapter Award.
According to the national organization, “Outreach and community service are the cornerstones of AISES’ goal to ensure that its student chapter members and leaders across the country help maintain strong relationships locally by staying active in local efforts and providing valuable services, such as mentoring and serving as role models, to the younger students interested in science and engineering.”
Founded in 1977, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is the only professional society created by and for Native people in STEM. Its mission: to significantly increase the representation and success of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in STEM studies and careers.
The UCLA chapter of AISES creates a community of support for American Indian students at UCLA to excel as scientists and engineers while preserving their cultural heritage. One of the chapter’s major activities is outreach focused on building connections with younger Native American students, to encourage and guide them into higher education in STEM. AISES at UCLA also hosts meetings and workshops that provide valuable information and professional skills to help undergraduate members advance in their STEM education and careers. Through these activities, AISES members serve as role models and mentors and they develop leadership experience and skills.
Housed within the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) program, the vast majority of the students on AISES’ Executive Board are Life Sciences majors.
- President: Justin Rodriguez, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians – Major: Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
- External Vice President: Desirae Barragan, Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians – Majors: Human Biology and Society + American Indian Studies
- Internal Vice President; Katrina Herrera, Navajo – Major: Biology
- Outreach Coordinator: Anna Tingin, Navajo – Majors: Neuorscience + American Indian Studies
- Secretary: Satema Lopez, Apache – Major: Computational and Systems Biology
- Treasurer: Camryn Redmond, Navajo – Major: Economics
- Community Representative: Emily Silver-Campbell, Haliwa-Saponi and Waccamaw Siouan – Major: Psychobiology
AISES at UCLA is an inclusive organization that welcomes Native students and non-Native allies from all backgrounds (including non-STEM majors; STEM professors/professionals) to become active members, or otherwise engage to help carry out the AISES goal of supporting Natives in STEM.
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