Undergraduate Student, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and
Research Assistant, NSF Indigenous Data Stewardship Study Colorado State University
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Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, Brianne is a descendant of Filipino laborers who worked on Hawai’i’s earliest sugar cane plantations. Throughout her childhood, she learned how to hunt, fish, and dive from her father and credits these experiences as being among the most influential to her life and career. A recent 2020 Truman and Udall Scholar, Brianne is eager to address social and environmental justice issues affecting local communities in Hawai’i. With a strong belief in raising up leaders of the next generation, Brianne has served as a mentor in education programs across Colorado where she attends her university. In the past, she has founded and piloted the first collegiate position for the national organization, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In spring 2020, Brianne worked as a Congressional Intern for the District Office of Congressman Joe Neguse. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Dominique David-Chavez of CSU’s Dept. of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and the University of Arizona’s (UA) Native Nations Institute on a National Science Foundation study focused on Indigenous data stewardship.