Charitie Ropati is an activist pushing for education reform and advocate for advocate for Indigenous students. Ropati developed an inclusive history curriculum that is now taught at the high school she graduated from and hopes to expand their curriculum throughout the Anchorage School District. Now a student at Columbia, Ropati is researching permafrost, soil, and ecology and how climate change is affecting her community while also running Lil Native Girl in STEM, a community for and by Indigenous women, girls and femmes in STEM.
As an Indigenous student who has learned in predominantly white environments, increasing Native representation and improving dropout and graduation rates is important to me. I decided to address these issues by decolonizing the Anchorage School District’s curriculum. I began by targeting the Alaska studies course.
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