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DELT Alumna Named to “Native American 40 Under 40” List

Crystal Jensen (EdD ’13) was named an award recipient for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (NCAIED) 2013 “Native American 40 Under 40” list.

The 5th annual award recognizes 40 up-and-coming American Indian leaders who have demonstrated leadership and initiative, and made significant contributions within their community. An award ceremony will be held on October 24, 2013 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona. The ceremony occurred during NCAIED’s 38th Annual Indian Progress in Business Awards Gala.

Jensen, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has coordinated and taught technology in rural and urban, public and private, and K-12 and higher education organizations. Her thesis research highlighted the possible futures of utilizing information and communication technologies (ICTs) for U.S. Indigenous Peoples' cultural preservation, revitalization, and capacity building, especially in rural and remote locations.

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Mara Leigh Taylor (MA '03, MA '06) founded Getting Out By Going In after more than five years of volunteer work inside prisons, teaching more than 600 inmates tools for rapid and lasting changes, and recently authored a book titled Women in Prison: Women Finding Freedom.