Monday: 12:00 - 3:15
Student Senator David Russell-Jensen was born in Sitka, Alaska, but grew up and attended school in Juneau. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Alaska Native Language & Studies, as well as a minor in Anthropology. David is Tsimshian and Inupiaq, from the Tsimshian Gisbudwada clan (Killer Whale) of the House of Nisluut in the Ginadoiks territory on the Skeena River in British Columbia, as well as from New Metlakatla, Alaska. In addition to serving as a Student Senator for the United Students of the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Campus (USUAS-JC), David serves as Co-Chair of Wooch.Een, an inclusive student leadership club promoting Alaska Native culture and language at UAS. David is learning Lingít yoo x̱’atángi, Tlingit language, at UAS, through X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, and Sm’algyax, Tsimshian language, on his own, as no Sm’algyax classes are offered at UAS, despite Sm’algyax being one of the three indigenous languages of Southeast, and despite it being critically endangered with less than 40 speakers worldwide, and less than 10 speakers in Alaska, many of whom are over the age of 80. David is an active proponent of Alaska Native language and cultural courses being offered at UAS and of increasing diversity on campus through faculty hiring and increased Alaska Native student enrollment. David encourages all students, staff, and faculty regardless of background, to take Alaska Native language and cultural courses, so we can all begin in the process of healing our campus, and our community.
Áak’w Ḵwáan Aaní káx’ yéi haa yatee. We live on Áak’w Ḵwáan land.
Yáax’, Lingít yoo x̱’atángi kug̱aag̱astee. Let Tlingit language exist here.
Aaa, yéi haa tuwáa kg̱watee. Yes, we will all feel that way.
Yéi kg̱watee. It will be like that.
Wednesday: 2:15 - 5:30
Ever Since I was one year old, I knew the exact career I wanted. To be a Marine Biologist/conservationist of killer whales was my ultimate goal when I saw the connection between man and whale at SeaWorld San Antonio. Many people around me at the show “Believe” thought I would give up this dream of wanting to become a Marine Biologist. They thought it would sink and never surface to my thoughts ever again. They were right about one thing, my dream did sink. It sunk so deep into my heart that I never let it go. Becoming a Marine Biologist/ Conservationist was the ultimate goal. Many people in Texas(where I am from) thought my idea to come to Alaska for school was ludicrous, but my passion for my major drove me to this kaleidoscopic area of marine life. Here I feel it’s a home away from home, as it should be. The most beautiful place you could imagine to study Marine Biology is here in Alaska and now I get to do that. The next four years I plan to obtain my bachelors degree and then pursue a masters degree here at UAS. While in the process of my masters degree, I will become apart of a conservation as well as try to start my own for Killer whales. Once my masters degree is in my grasp I will then pursue a Doctorates degree in Marine Biology with a specialization in killer whale conservation/behavior.
Activities and Housing, Student Government,
I was born and raised in Valdez, Alaska and completed my Associate of Arts at Prince William Sound Community College in 2012. Shortly after that I moved to Juneau to finish my Bachelor of Liberal Arts and fell in love with the culture and environment of Southeast Alaska. As a student I worked in various positions within Student Services and Campus Life at both universities, and have known since then that I wanted to pursue a career in Student Affairs. I'm very excited for the chance to work with the students of UAS and be a part of their campus experience.
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