Nizhoni A. Hatch, Navajo Nation
Colorado State University
Nizhoni is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation and studies biomedical sciences with minors in chemistry and Indigenous studies at Colorado State University. She currently serves her local Native community at CSU as a tutor, a peer mentor to first-year Native students, and the student coordinator for Native Women’s Circle. This past fall, she was hired as an undergraduate lab manager in an Indigenous-led research team. This summer, she will be conducting microbiology research by examining the impact of uranium mining on Navajo Nation soil. After graduation, Nizhoni plans to continue serving her communities as a physician and researcher focusing on creating access and change within Indigenous communities.