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The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted all our lives in countless ways, but has also sparked creativity and resilience as we find innovative approaches to coping with those impacts. This is particularly true for one of NNI’s former Indigenous Data Sovereignty Doctoral Scholars and recent doctoral graduate, Dr. Lydia Jennings, who is featured in a newly released video titled “Run to Be Visible,” produced by Patagonia Films.
Lydia is a member of the Huichol (Wixaritari) and Pascua Yaqui (Yoeme) Nations and holds a doctorate in soil microbiology. Her work is dedicated to environmental science and the essential role of Indigenous communities in these spaces. Her hope is to create more inclusive academic and environmental landscapes. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Community Environment & Policy at MEZCOPH working with NNI’s Dr. Stephanie Carroll and the Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance.
In place of her graduation, which was canceled as a result of the pandemic, Lydia instead celebrated by running 50 miles in honor of the Indigenous scientists and knowledge keepers who came before her. It’s a run to honor the past and present while looking towards the future.
The 18-minute video can be viewed below or via YouTube here.
Congratulations, Dr. Jennings! We are so proud of you!