Gates Millennium Program
I am a weekly volunteer at FoodCycle, an organization that provides meals for food insecure families, and I mentor three young people through Widening Participation, where I guide underrepresented high school students in their journey to higher education. During freshman and sophomore year, I founded and served as president of American Indians at Reed, our first Native student union, I served as a board member for the Mount Hood Cherokees Association, and I was a mentor for the Reed College Peer Mentor Program, which assists underrepresented freshmen in their transition to college. Further, I helped cook meals for a church’s monthly meal for homeless and food insecure Portlanders and served as a Students for Education, Empowerment, and Direct Service (SEEDS) volunteer, which allowed me to volunteer at several nonprofits in Portland, including Friends of Trees, Books to Prisoners, and Children’s Book Bank. During freshman year, I taught science classes to 5th grade students in an underfunded Portland public school and served on the Reed College Library Board, which made policy and budget decisions for our campus library.
Ashlee Fox is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She is a junior economics major at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and is currently studying abroad at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. During high school, Ashlee worked on seven political campaigns, served as President of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Youth Council, and was selected by the Obama Administration to serve as a White House Tribal Nations Youth Ambassador. At Reed, she founded American Indians at Reed, her campus’s Native student union, and was awarded four fellowships, allowing her to pursue opportunities ranging from summer research to writing a food blog in Argentina: the Evan Rose Fund Fellowship, the Opportunity Fellowship for Summer Research, the Financial Services Fellowship, and the Winter International Travel Fellowship. Ashlee has worked as a Research Intern at Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, an Economic Development Intern at City of Milwaukie, a Research Assistant at Reed College, and as Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr.’s intern at the Cherokee Nation. Currently, she volunteers weekly at FoodCycle, an organization that provides meals for food insecure Londoners, and she mentors young people through Widening Participation, where she guides underrepresented high school students in their journey to higher education. Upon graduation, Ashlee plans to attend law school and pursue a career in federal Indian law and policy.