Julianna K. Benge, Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation
University of South Dakota
Julianna is Sicangu Lakota from St. Francis, South Dakota, a town in the sovereign Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nation. She is studying social work with a specialization in child welfare at the University of South Dakota. Julianna is the president of Tiospaye Student Council, vice-president of SACNAS, and serves as a TRiO Peer Mentor and Wawokiya Peer Mentor. Past internships include the REDCO Food Sovereignty Initiative and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience through Sanford Health. Julianna is passionate about addressing rural health inequities, particularly for children with autism in Tribal communities. She plans to pursue a dual master's degree in public health and social work.