Donna Eldridge I am a member of the Diné tribe and grew up on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. In 2010, I earned an Associate’s Degree from Salt Lake Community College and transferred to the University of Utah. In 2012, I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the UofU. I'm interested in championing social justice issues and advocating for American Indian/Alaska Native programs and services.
I am President of the Inter-Tribal Student Association (ITSA), an on campus student organization. In 2011-2012 I was a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Internship, a group of elite students who have the opportunity to interact with University administration and learn about issues in Higher Education. Recently, I was accepted into the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program in the College of Social Work. I am appreciative of various cultures and backgrounds, especially my commitment to stay connected with my own American Indian heritage, that upon graduation, I hope to work with underrepresented populations.
Justin Tsosie My name is Justin Grayhawk Tsosie and I am part of the Navajo Tribe. I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah where I am a junior at University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business. Before the University of Utah I attended Salt Lake Community College where I earned my Associate’s Degree with honors. The upcoming year will be a busy but exciting one for me. I was just awarded dual-major status and was elected as the 2012-13 Vice President of the Inter-Tribal Student Association. At the university I will earn my dual Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Information Systems before moving on to a graduate program. After I get my Master’s Degree, I plan on moving to New York City to continue along my chosen career path, working for a major company, or possibly starting a company of my own. I also plan to help form a nonprofit organization to assist people with single parents to pay for school and housing. I feel strongly about this because my siblings and I were raised by my single mother, and I know how hard it is to go to school while working full-time. I know school is the only way to achieve my goals and I will continue to work hard for the rest for my life.
Orianna Dennison Ya’at’eeh! My name is Orianna Dennison. I am from Elko, Nevada and now living is Salt Lake City, Utah while attending the University of Utah. It is my third year at the U and I’m majoring in Nursing with a minor in Nutrition. It is my career goal to work in the healthcare field as a nurse and eventually as a nurse practitioner. Currently, I am ITSA’s secretary. I’ve been involved with ITSA since my freshman year and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love to play soccer and go snowboarding in the beautiful mountains on the greatest snow on earth. I’m very happy to be attending the U and I hope to have a lot of success here, as well as my fellow peers. Come on by the American Indian Resource Center to attend one of ITSA’s biweekly meetings and be apart of our growing family! I promise, we don’t bite
Paige Benally Ya'at' eeh Shidine'e! Shi ei Paige Benally yinishye. 'Adoone'e nishlinigii ei Tabaaha nishli. Kinyaa'aanii ei ba shishchiin. Bit'ahnii ei dashicheii. Tachii'nii ei dashinali. Hey there! My name is Paige Benally. I am a full Navajo. I come form a small town in the Southeast of Utah called Montezuma Creek. I am entering my sophomore year here at the U, majoring in Nursing and I am planning on a minor in International Studies. On behalf of the officers and students in ITSA, welcome to the U!
Deirdre Yazzie I am a pre-med and political science major. I am in my second year at the University. My goals would be as a student to really take advantage of all the learning opportunities I am given access to and be able to really make an impact on my campus. I would love to finish my schooling within a timely manner, I would also like to graduate with good grades. My hobbies would include cooking, being with my friends finding music online and just learning as much as I possibly can. I would say I love having as many first time experiences as possible within my lifetime.