November Undergraduate

Mia Ritter-Whittle

Caddo + Delaware
Gates Millennium Program

Stanford University
Comparative Studies in race and Ethnicity
GPA 3.8

Community Service

In my time at Stanford, I have served as an officer for Stanford American Indian Organization, volunteered for two community organizations working on land and food rights in the Bay Area for Native Americans and people of color, revived the Stanford Native Women’s Group (now the Stanford Indigenous Feminists) and co-organized the Indigenous Peoples Day Vigil at Stanford. I’ve also organized multiple events within and outside of the Native community. These events included several poetry readings by two-spirit artists such as Demian DineYazhi of Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment and Chrystos.

My freshmen year, I was recruited for a community-based project called Native Mentorship in Public Health. The project was then given to five Native students, including myself, to run. We offer services to Indigenous youth in San Francisco, working to facilitate emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellness. I’ve co-run this organization with a partner for three years and it has become an official Stanford University group. We partner with the San Francisco Friendship House of American Indians and offer our services as a collective. I have also spent time volunteering for Stanford powwow, doing Indigenous photo projects, and I went to Standing Rock to help protect the water. I received as much as I gave during that time, if not more, and I hope to continue to help protect our waters as the future becomes the present.

Bio
Ha ahat háht’ áywabówsa. Kúmbakíihah.

I am Hasinai, Lenape and White (Irish, Jewish, Welsh for the most part). My mother is Terra Snyder and my father is Joe Whittle. I grew up in Nez Perce territory in North Eastern Oregon, in two very small towns. I love where I grew up, but I’m also thankful to be around more Native people here at college. My tribes are now in Oklahoma and I try to go there once a year for our annual Clara Brown Dance. I like to do art, and I work towards confidently calling myself an artist, not just in spirit but in practice. I enjoy photography, which I learned from my father, as well as screen printing, drawing and writing. I care about Native women’s issues and two-spirit issues, and believe we are full of grace and beauty. I care about Native youth and I hope that my path helps them realize how infinite their emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health can be.