This summer, a School of Environmental and Forest Sciences graduate student attended the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) International Conference in New Zealand.

Jessica Hernandez, a Ph.D. student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, participated in a panel entitled, “The Future of Research is Indigenous: Culturally Grounding Our Indigenous Scholarship” and shared her doctoral work through a presentation, “Indigenizing Conservation in a Changing Climate: Developing a Community Comprehensive Plan of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center’s Future Land Use” along with co-advisor Dr. Mike Spencer.

“It was an empowering event as I was able to network with other Indigenous scholars and scientists from around the globe who are committed to indigenizing and decolonizing academia,” Hernandez said. “I want to thank the Maori community and the Chief and his family for welcoming us to their lands. I also want to thank the Maori TV & Radio for featuring our panel’s presentations in their platforms.”