Determined, results-focused and adept Academic Advisor/Counselor with four years' direct coaching, mentoring and classroom teaching experience in a highly competitive, socioeconomically and ethno-racially diverse Higher Ed environment. Talented at advising students on navigating social and academic life on campus. Wide knowledge of advising principles and academic program development and management, including a particular emphasis on First Year and international students. Informed by more than ten years of community-based academic research, service program management, public speaking, and volunteering in indigenous communities in the U.S. and abroad.
Led weekly discussions with 20+ students/semester • Weekly office hours to provide mentorship. Grading responsibilities • Recognized with positive feedback from students, parents, administration.
• Spring 2015: Indigenous Issues Global Perspective, American Indian Studies, Dr. K. Kassam
• Fall 2014: Native North America, American Indian Studies, Dr. P. Nadasdy
• Spring 2014: Indigenous Issues Global Perspective, American Indian Studies, Dr. T. Richardson
• Fall 2013: Comparison of Cultures, Department of Anthropology, Dr. A. Wilford
• Spring 2013: Early Agriculture, Department of Anthropology, Dr. N. Russell
• Spring 2013: Anthropology in the Real World, Department of Anthropology, Dr. K. March
• Fall 2012: Comparison of Cultures, Department of Anthropology, Dr. D. Holmberg
Paul Farmer Award for Academic Excellence and Social Justice
• Dean's List honoree
• Hart Fellow, Davis Project for Peace Awardee
• DukeEngage Grant, Dean's Research Grants
Author & Translator: Lag Zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau (online exhibit). Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The Smithsonian Institution. Washington D.C. 2019.
Co-Author: "New Old Hunters: Inupiaq people organize to revive subsistence food culture." Rodriguez, Gilberto Daniel & Namgyal Tsepak & Bonney Hartley. Cultural Survival Quarterly, 35-2. Summer 2011.
Author: "Growing Dreams: A Planter's Society Returns to the Ihanktonwan." Cultural Survival Quarterly, 35-1. Spring 2011.
Author: "God Door." Asian Highlands Perspectives, vol. 1, pp. 373-382. 2009.
Co-Author: "On the Language of the Shaowa Tuzu in the Context of the Ethnic Taxonomy of Amdo Qinghai." Juha Janhunen & Ha Mingzong & Namgyal Tsepak. Central Asiatic Journal, vol. 51/2, pp. 177-195. Wiesbaden 2007.
March 11, 2020 AcceptedPresenter: iPersist: An Integrative Approach to Nurturing Persistent Academic Behavior. NACADA Region 1 Conference, Mystic, Connecticut
Feb. 23, 2020 Presenter: Campus Collaborations: First-Year Proactive and Reactive Programs. 39th Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Washington D.C.
Nov. 12, 2019 Panelist: Launch celebration of online exhibition Lag Zo: Making on the Tibetan Plateau, Freer I Sackler Galleries, Washington D.C.
Nov. 2017 Keynote Panelist: Tibetan Ideas & Tibetan Potential, Machik Weekend, Machik Organization, Fordham University, New York City, NY
Nov. 2017 Keynote Speaker: Tibet Governance Lab of Tibet Governance Project, George Washington University, DC
June 2015 Paper Presentation: "The Short Narration" and The Mahican Sachem Aupaumut's Vision: Understanding Mahican Political Imaginary in the Post-Revolutionary Era at Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference, Washington D.C.
Oct. 2014 Paper Presentation: "Indigenous Kinship & Geopolitical Structure in the Post-Revolutionary Era: Re-reading Mahican Leader Hendrik Aupaumut's 'A Short Narration'" at the American Indian Studies Graduate Seminar, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Oct. 2013 Guest Lecturer: "History and Myth: The Rise of China, 1600s to the Present," Department of History, Cornell University
Feb. 2010 Guest Lecture: "Tibetan Identity." Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
March 2006 Keynote Speaker: Capacity-Building and Experience Sharing Workshop. China Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canada Fund in Beijing, China.
Summer 2008 Awardee, DukeEngage Community Service Grant, Duke University ($7,100). Conducted fieldwork research on solar energy use in Tibetan areas of China.
Summer 2008 Co-recipient, Davis Project for Peace ($10,000). Developed, designed project that provided 400 solar cookers to 400 households in Tibetan communities in China. Visited project sites to interview recipient families, assessed project quality, and co-authored final report.
Summer 2003-2005, 2007-2008 Project Designer & Manager,Solar Energy Project ($110,000), sponsored by the Canada Fund. Procured 5,000 solar cookers and electricity-generating solar panels to ethnic minority communities in western China. Conducted interviews, evaluated and reported on project impact.
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