Shinnecock Member Is First Woman to Graduate from England’s
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a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in New York.
On September 22, she became the first Native
American woman to graduate from England’s Oxford
Kelsey earned a master’s degree in water science,
policy and management from St Cross College, one of Oxford’s
great starting point for Indigenous Peoples to attend the
top universities in the world and to continue to push
the envelope of what we see for ourselves and our
communities, and where we hope our academic endeavors lead
us to,” Kelsey said.
Before going to Oxford, the 24-year-old was the first
Shinnecock member to graduate from Harvard
University. At Harvard, she belonged to various Native organizations including the
All Ivy Native Council
Harvard University Native American Program.
She was also a youth leader with the United
American Indians of Delaware
Valley in Philadelphia,
and was the
of UNITY, a national Native youth organization.
Leonard is now an independent consultant in western
Pennsylvania. Her focus is environmental
policy and water resource management projects.
Kelsey's master's dissertation was “Water Quality For Native
Nations: Achieving A Trust Responsibility."
It examines water quality regulation and the
decision-making processes over water resources in the
U.S. She also investigated how much of this natural resource is
not protected, namely water on tribal lands.
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