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2016 Graduates
Congratulations to the following Buder Scholars who graduated from Washington University's Brown School on December 4, 2016.

Candy Boyd received her MSW with a concentration in Mental Health. She is of Osage and Cherokee ancestry and received her BA in Psychology/Anthropology from New College in Sarasota, FL, and a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Southeast Missouri University.  Candy completed her practicums at Northside Community Housing Inc., St. Louis, MO; Full Circle Behavioral Health Consulting, Phoenix, AZ; and Homer G. Phillips Health Center of the Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers, St. Louis, MO. 

Jasmine Grika received her MSW with a concentration in Children Youth and Families with an emphasis in Policy. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and Tribal affiliation with Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribe in Northern Minnesota.  Jasmine received her BSW at at Augsburg College in Minnesota. She completed her practicum with the Family and Child Education (FACE) program at Parents as Teachers as well as Great Circle.  Upon graduation, Jasmine will be working as a Nokomis Circle Liaison at Ain Dah Yung (Our Home in Ojibwe) in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kiyana Merritt received her MSW with a concentration in Social Economic Development & Mental Wellness in Urban Communities. She is Cherokee and Choctaw and received her BSW at Elizabeth City State University. Kiyana completed her practicum at BJC Behavioral Health in St. Louis, MO and Glide Memorial Foundation in San Francisco, CA as a SAGE Grant recipient.

Erika Salinas received her MSW and is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation. She graduated with a BSW from California State University, Sacramento with a minor in Native American Studies.  Her concentration is Violence and Injury Prevention (American Indian/Alaska Native track) where she has completed practicums with the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery and the Shingle Springs Tribal TANF Program. Ultimately, she wants to focus on direct practice work, providing culturally competent services to Native families facing hardships. 

Lacey Thompson received her MSW with a concentration in Mental Health. She is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux and received her BSW at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota. She completed her practicum at Parents As Teachers (PAT) National Center in St. Louis, MO.  There, she worked with the American Indian Programs doing grant reviews, research, and helped to adapt curriculum to fit the needs, values, and practices of individual AI/AN families and tribes. During her time at Parents As Teachers, Lacey also worked as a Research Assistant and Coordinator for their Virtual Parent Education program. Lacey is passionate about empowering the Native Nation through education and plans to work with Native American Youth and Adolescents upon graduation. 


Shanea Turner-Smith received her MSW with a concentration in Social and Economic Development with an emphasis in Policy. She is of Mdewakanton Sioux descent. She received her BSW with a minor in American Culture and Difference at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Before attending the Brown School, she worked in her hometown (Twin Cities, MN) as a case manager for young parents experiencing long-term homelessness.  To learn more about affordable housing real estate development and how the housing market is contributing to homelessness, she also completed the Mixed-Income and Community Management certificate program. During her time at the Brown School she completed two practicums and the Missouri House of Representatives and Simpson Housing Services (SHS). In both practicum experiences, she worked on housing issues related to homelessness and nuisance ordinances. More so, she was awarded the SAGE Grant to design an American Indian reading curriculum for the SHS Literacy Mentoring Program that serves homeless/highly mobile urban native youth.

Jeremy Vu received his MSW with a concentration in mental health. He is member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux and received his BSW at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota. He completed his practicum at the Center for Diabetes Translation Research.  He is fluent in Lakota, attends traditional ceremonies, practices traditional arts such as beading and quill work, and plays the Native American flute.

Emily Wolf received her MPH/MSW with an individualized concentration in Health and Policy. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and received her B.S. in Public Health with a minor in Women's Studies from San Diego State University. She completed her practicum at Mission: St. Louis, Alzheimer's Association, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.