Affiliated Staff

The staff members listed below help support Native American and Indigenous students and programming from different offices and departments across Brown’s campus. (For a list of staff members who work for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative directly, see the Staff page.)

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Tiffiney George (Navajo Nation | Diné Asdzáán)

  • Senior Assistant Director, Office of College Admission
  • I focus on Native/Indigenous outreach and strengthening partnerships with non-profit college access organizations
  • I graduated from Brown in 2007, have been a staff member at Brown since 2011, and a Natives at Brown Alumni (NABA) Executive Committee member since 2015.

Summer Gonsalvez (Narragansett Indian Tribe)

  • Research Associate for Brown's Community Engagement Core, Brown Superfund Liaison to the State
  • I work with communities impacted by Superfund and Brownfield sites to create solutions to environmental contamination. 
  • As a Brown Alum (MPH 2019) and NABster, among many other titles, I have journeyed through Brown and hope to be a resource through my experience here. 

Leah Hopkins, (Narragansett Indian Tribe)

  • Community Engagement Specialist, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology
  • I am responsible for working collaboratively with Indigenous and Tribal communities, museums and other institutions and Brown students and faculty to develop, implement and evaluate programming and education initiatives that best improve the visibility and promote the perspectives of Indigenous populations in New England at the Museum.
  • I hope to be a bridge as well between Native students and the Museum, and also offer my support to connect students with the local Native communities so that they can extend their cultural support network when away from home

Christina Smith (Diné (Navajo))

  • Associate Director for Undergraduate STEM Development
  • I support all students who are in a teaching capacity on campus (e.g. UTAs, mentors, etc.) and facilitate the Problem Solving Fellows, Catalyst, and New Scientist Collective programs.
  • My PhD is in chemical engineering so I can relate to students who are navigating STEM paths. I also can discuss ways on how to be an effective learner and/or teacher at Brown.