Boozhoo! Howa mino gizhigaad niij Anishinaabe. Miigwech indanaa manidoo waabaaminigoog noongom. Brittany nindizhinikaaz, Nahgahchiwanong indongibaa. Hello! My name is Brittany Anderson and I am Anishinaabe from the Fond du Lac reservation in Minnesota. I was raised in a small farming community in West Central Minnesota, graduated from high school in a suburb of the Twin Cities and was the first in my family to pursue an undergraduate degree. I was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian studies, political science & postcolonial indigenous human rights from the University of Minnesota, Morris and am honored to have forged a path for two of my sisters to do the same.
After an underprepared attempt at graduate studies, I found myself no longer learning in the classroom, but from the Twin Cities American Indian community. Playing and coaching traditional lacrosse, Anishinaabemowin language tables and traditional art and gardening were all integral to my studies in being a good community member. Armed with this community knowledge, I reentered the academy, pursuing a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Youth Development and Leadership from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. My graduate research has focused on historical and contemporary qualitative evaluation of institutions and programs that serve indigenous youth.
Professionally, my career has spanned a number of capacities within educational settings serving underrepresented youth, with the bulk concentrated in higher education. My passion for working with first-generation and low-income students is rooted in my experiences in those same footsteps. Having previously served students through advising, administration, community building and engagement, and program development, I am honored to be able to bring these skills to CU-Boulder’s TRiO students and walk beside them as they achieve their own successes for themselves, their families and communities. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, listening to true crime podcasts, exploring Colorado and trying new foods.