FOR CREATING COMMUNITY:
Four years ago, Shandiin Herrera immediately noticed a lack of institutional support for Native American students like herself as she started her undergraduate career at Duke University. With a goal of establishing a better sense of community and more institutional support for the Native American student population, Herrera became a student leader and advocate. Four years later, she successfully served as a treasurer and powwow chair for the Native American Student Alliance, spent her summer in DC as a 2018 Udall Native American Congressional Intern, was a founder of Alpha Pi Omega – the first Native American sorority at Duke, and graduated as Duke’s first Native American Udall Scholar, the American Indian Graduate Center’s Student of The Year, the 2019 Terry Sanford Leadership Award winner, the Duke Alumni Association’s Forever Duke Leadership Award winner, and a 2019 Champion for Change for the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute. This summer Shandiin starts as a Lead for America Hometown Fellow working in her home community of Monument Valley, UT on the Navajo Nation. As a Policy Analyst and Project Consultant for the Oljato Chapter of the Navajo Nation, Shandiin works to assess policy proposals on economic development, broadband expansion, and youth engagement.