Aliyah Chavez

SAR-SPA Summer Intern


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The Summer Policy Academy (SPA) at the Santa Fe Indian School and the School for Advanced Research (SAR) have had a memorandum of understanding since 2010 to support one summer intern at the Indian Arts Research Center. The purpose of the internship is to help students affiliated with the SPA gain work experience, broaden their perspectives, and learn about the museum field. The SPA and SAR are pleased to welcome Aliyah Chavez as the 2014 SAR-SPA summer intern.

Aliyah Chavez is from Santo Domingo Pueblo. She is a recent graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) where she was the salutatorian of her class. She will be attending Stanford University in the fall with the Gates Millenium Scholarship. She plans to study Native American studies as well as political science.

In high school, Chavez was an active member of the SFIS community and was president of her class during her sophomore and senior years. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, the Brave Girls women empowerment group, the SFIS Spoken Word team, and the volleyball team. She participated in the (MS)2 Math and Science Program for Minority Students for three consecutive summers at the Phillips Academy Andover campus in Massachusetts. She graduated with honors in calculus.

As a fellow at the Summer Policy Academy, Chavez has studied Native American policy at the Santa Fe Indian School and at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She has a deep passion for changing injustices in her own community and seeks to be a role model for children in her pueblo. After pursuing higher education, Chavez hopes to return home to New Mexico and run for office in the future.

While at SAR, Chavez will be working on various projects relating to education, registration, and collections management.

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