Charitie Ropati is an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering concentrating in Water Resources and Anthropology at Columbia University. She is a member of the Native Village of Kongiganak Alaska and studies the intersections of civil infrastructure, plant ecology, permafrost, and cultural resilience. She is a Yup’ik and Samoan environmental and education activist and worked to implement an accurate and inclusive history sub-curriculum of Indigenous peoples in Western pedagogy. In 2019 she was named a Champion for Change by the Center for Native American Youth and was nationally recognized for her work in education.
Through her work, she hopes to create a better future for her siblings and other younger native youth.
Written by Charitie Ropati
Engineers and scientists are vital to meeting Sustainable Development Goals but the ecological knowledge that Indigenous people hold when we care for the land are things that are central to the existence of life.Including Indigenous identities and ways of knowing in education and science