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Message from the Assistant Director
I am excited and honored to be back at the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies working with and on behalf of all of our American Indian and Alaska Native students here at the Brown School of Social Work.  As a Buder Center and Brown School Alumna I am honored to now be in the role of Assistant Director at this prestigious Center, assisting students as they prepare to further their knowledge in the fields of social work and public health.

Native communities face significant social, economic and health disparities. The Brown School and Buder Center provides students the opportunity and space to further their education in order to combat these disparities.  The knowledge gained will provide you with the necessary skills to go back to your tribal communities and make significant change. The friendships and networks you create along the way will be essential and long-lasting as you become the change-agents in organizations, communities and the nation.  

The Buder Center is a premier program dedicated to creating Native leaders in the fields of social work and public health.  Our alumni are all over the country working in tribal, state, and federal organizations serving Native people in a variety of capacities. I look forward to working with you as we move forward to advance the social, economic, political and health status of Native people across the country. If you are interested in becoming a Buder Scholar please do not hesitate to contact me at kellie.thompson@wustl.edu