A 20-year-old tribal member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Joaquin Muņoz is currently a sophomore attending Pima Community College in Tucson Arizona, where he is working toward a degree in Political Science. He is also employed by the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center on a part-time basis.
Muņoz presented on the topic of Indian student retention programs through the use of innovative modes at the 20th Annual American Indian Science and Engineering Society meeting in Denver, CO in 1998. His presentation also included his experiences while a key member of a team that established the first bee apiary on reservation land in a joint effort between two Tucson area school districts, the University of Arizona, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is working toward establishing an apiary on the Yaqui Reservation, as well as an apiary in Sonora, Mexico, which is the Yaqui tribal homeland.
Muņoz has made several presentations in the southern U.S. on a variety of topics, ranging from his experiences as a Youth Ambassador to Israel, to youth violence and gang prevention. Muņoz is a spiritual leader on the Yaqui Reservation. He is returning for his third year as a Conference on World Affairs participant.