Indigenous Speaker Series: Rising Voices in Indigenous and Earth Sciences


Indigenous Speaker Series: Paulette Blanchard and Melissa Watkinson
Rising Voices in Indigenous and Earth Sciences: Making the Invisible Visible

This is a non Confluence event.

The Indigenous Speaker Series provides a platform for dialogues about Indigenous people’s cultural and traditional lived experiences, hosted by Northwest Indian College – Nez Perce Site.

Register at: https://bit.ly/INDIGSPEAK12

Paulette Blanchard (Absentee Shawnee & Kickapoo): Ms. Blanchard is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Geography at the University of Kansas, and 2018-2020 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Her current work addresses Indigenous science and science education, Indigenous led environmental movements and activism. Paulette holds a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous & American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University.

Melissa Watkinson (Chickasaw): Melissa (she/her) is a social scientist with Washington Sea Grant where she supports community-based participatory research with WA’s coastal tribes. She also leads diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to ensure that the environmental workforce and conservation programs are representative of the communities most impacted by climate change. Melissa has a master’s degree in policy studies from the University of Washington Bothell. In 2016, she completed the Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship at The Nature Conservancy. Melissa served on the City of Seattle’s Environmental Justice Committee from 2016-2019.


Qe’ci’yew’yew and Pilahuk to our sponsors: University of Washington Earthlab; University of Washington – Tacoma Equity and Inclusion; University of Washington Center for American and Indigenous Studies.

Speaker Series Committee Members: Ciarra Greene, MS and Michelle Montgomery, PhD

Contact csgreene@nwic.edu for questions.