Affiliated Staff

Lydia Curliss (Nipmuc Nation)

  • Physical Sciences and Native American and Indigenous Studies Librarian, Rockefeller Library
  • I work as a librarian for the physical sciences and NAIS in order to support teaching, learning and research for students, faculty and staff in those disciplines, including research assistance, purchasing of materials, and outreach activities. 
  • I am available to help students with academic research, projects and other things related to my roles as a librarian. I also welcome students to reach out to me with other issues or problems, or just need a place or ally outside of the classroom. 

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.