Kelsey Foote, serving as Communications Specialist, is Tlingit (Raven, Taakw.aaneidí). Kelsey grew up in Southeast Alaska, learning about her Alaska Native culture through the Johnson O’Malley Program and the Sitka Native Education Program. Before earning her degree in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kelsey completed an internship within her department, revising the curriculum of ENGL A434: Rhetoric and Composition Research to include Indigenous methodologies and ways of knowing.
Most recently, Kelsey completed a publication as a children’s book illustrator for Baby Raven Reads, an award-winning program through Sealaska that promotes early literacy, language development, and school readiness for Alaska Native families. Kelsey’s work focuses on cultural preservation, educational materials, and the representation of Indigenous peoples in media.