March 2021- Graduate

McKeon Dempsey

Oak Springs, AZ
Navajo Nation
Special Higher Education Program

George Washington University
Art Therapy
Non-GPA System Community

Community Service

– Intern at the District of Columbia Public Schools (2020-present)
– Co-facilitator for a virtual paint night at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Northern Virginia
– Intern at the St. Elizabeths Hospital (2019-2020)
– Intern at the American Art Therapy Association (2019-present)
– Co-Chair of the GWATSA Multicultural Committee (2019-present)
– Secretary of the Miss Navajo Nation Council Inc. Non-profit organization (2017-present)
– Miss Navajo Nation (2014-2015)

Short Bio

McKeon K. Dempsey is Kiiya’áanii Dine’é born for Tsédeeshgiizhnii Dine’é. In this way she is a Diné woman. She remains connected to her hometown community through language and promoting cultural sustainability. McKeon is strongly committed to providing mental health and wellness services that is culturally inclusive and compassionate. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts with a minor in Art History from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at The George Washington University (GWU). She is the co-chair of the GWATSA Multicultural Committee where she helps to cultivate a space for authentic engagement, reflection, building community and inclusion, and celebrating diversity. McKeon recognizes the benefits of being able to provide accessible mental health services in her community one day and is earning her degree in Art Therapy as she works with individuals impacted by grief and loss, anxiety, life transitions, identity development, trauma, and intergenerational trauma. As an Indigenous art therapy student her focus and passion include Indigenous methodology which involves cultural sensitive terminology, supporting Indigenous world views, and integrating both a spiritual and meaning making practice for approaches to health and wellness. Her interests include decolonization, ancestral healing, storytelling, expression, and indigenization.