Alec Calac Reflects on White Coat Ceremony

On August 31st, UC San Diego School of Medicine held its 50th annual White Coat ceremony and welcomed 134 students into the medical community in the presence of family, friends, and faculty. Among the newest inductees was a familiar face to CNAY, Gen-I Ambassador Alec Calac (Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians), who is combining his medical training and research expertise to earn an M.D.-Ph.D. dual degree. Here, Alec shares some of his reflections after receiving his first white coat with the Gen-I Network.  

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Roman Chavez Turns Rubik's Cubes into Teaching Tools for Youth of Color

Roman Chavez is a proud member of the Santo Domingo Pueblo. He currently lives in Oakland, California, and is a rising high school sophomore. Chavez took the Gen-I Challenge by committing to support youth of color in math – using a Rubik’s cube.  

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CNAY Hosts Gen-I Workshop With Pathkeepers Native Youth Leadership Camp

40 Native youth attending the, joined CNAY staff at The National Indian Gaming Commission for a roundtable discussion and workshop on July 20. Pathkeepers for Indigenous Knowledge works to strengthen, maintain, and continually evolve American Indian governmental economic, educational, health, and sustainable community practices based on traditional and Indigenous knowledge. The Native Youth Leadership Camp provides youth with opportunities to experience traditional and cultural activities, identify healthy and sustainable food and life choices, and explore their personal interests and tribal identity. 

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CNAY Developing CFC Recognition Program With MHA Education Department

CNAY is working with the Mandan Hidatsa & Arikara (MHA) Education Department to develop the second Champions for Change Youth Recognition Program within tribal communities.  

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