Born and raised on the Navajo reservation, Emily studied public policy and American Indian studies at the University of Arizona. As a Navajo and convert to Judaism she was active in both Native American and Jewish student organizations throughout college where she held leadership positions. She currently runs the Moishe House Without Walls program in Tucson where she hosts and organizes social and religious programs for Jewish young professionals. While in college Emily became passionate about educational equity, particularly in relation to Native American education and plans to pursue a joint degree in public policy and a law degree. This year she had the opportunity to teach social studies to middle school students in a Native American school.
Updated May 2017
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