Charitie Ropati

Native Village of Kongignak
AGE: 17
HOMETOWN: Anchorage, AK

Charitie currently serves as student representative on the Native Advisory Committee within the Anchorage School District (ASD) and has been working on an initiative to incorporate Indigenous regalia in graduation ceremonies. Decolonizing the western standard of education is of her main priority. Realizing the graduation and dropout crisis of Alaska Native and Native American students, she has also developed a historical sub-curriculum of Indigenous peoples to teach to students within the ASD. Charitie was named the 2018 YWCA Young Person of Achievement for her work and will be attending Columbia University this fall to study Civil Engineering.