How did you get involved with uniting WHOI and tribal leadership?
Growing up, I used to always tell my mom, “Someday, I’m going to work for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.” I got hired in 2021 and, interestingly enough, I’m probably going to retire from here. When I first started, I did a little investigative research to find out whether WHOI leaders had ever met with tribal leadership to talk. I wanted to know if there was anyone who had developed some kind of a plan to work together on shared issues. While a few tribal folks had worked at WHOI, I learned that no meetings had occurred between the tribe and the institution’s leaders. When Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Natalie Nevárez, was hired, I made a point to reach out to her about connecting the tribe with WHOI. We worked together to coordinate a historic meeting between President Peter de Menocal, Deputy Director Rick Murray, and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, David Weeden, this past summer.