STX student Kelsey Leonard is the first Native American woman to graduate from OU
We are proud to announce that on 22nd September 2012, St Cross student Ms. Kelsey Leonard (MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management, 2010) became the first Native American woman to receive a degree from the University of Oxford.
Ms Leonard is an enrolled member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Southampton, N.Y. and attended the pre-ceremony reception at St Cross College wearing Native American accessories/items.
A representative of the Shinnecock Indian Nation stated that "that this is a tremendous accomplishment for not only Ms. Leonard but for all Native Peoples of the United States", and that "Kelsey continues to bring much pride to the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Southampton, NY."
Before coming to Oxford, Ms. Leonard served as a youth leader within the United American Indians of Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA. She went on to become the executive co-President of a national Native Youth Organization called UNITY. She was also the first member of the Shinnecock Nation to graduate from Harvard University, where she served within various Native undergraduate organizations including the All Ivy Native Council and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP).