Ali Tsosie-Harvey - Staff and Appointed Professional Award 2020

Alicia (Ali) Tsosie-Harvey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development from the Norton School in 2018.  She has been the Program Coordinator for the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families (FMI) since August 2019.  As an undergraduate, Ali was a student worker for FMI and a research assistant for Dr. Zeiders’ Stressors, Context, and Health Lab and Dr. Romero’s NOPALab.  Ali is a highly talented, organized, and invaluable team player.

Ali plays a pivotal role in management of the daily operations of the Institute and works effectively with students and researchers from across campus. She plans and organizes events such as the speaker series, research workshops, and community outreach activities. She takes a lead in most FMI communications, including managing social media, writing drafts of newsletters, and serving as the primary point of contact with the Advisory Council.

Ali has been an instrumental partner in helping to implement changes as FMI moves in new directions. For example, she overhauled the file and archive storage system and took the lead in developing ideas to make FMI’s website easier to use for community members and potential donors. She also developed a new consistent format for monthly newsletters.  She has been very flexible in coming up with new ways to fulfill FMI’s mission under the circumstances of social distancing, such as putting together a Zoom Webinar and developing a system to move FMI’s undergraduate and graduate Student Poster Showcase to a digital format.

Ali’s dedication to FMI is driven in part by her own passion for creating opportunities for marginalized youth, especially those who, like Ali, are first-generation college students and/or members of Tribal communities. For example, Ali pitched her “Big Idea” at the Norton School Big Ideas Summit that involved developing a summer program for disadvantaged youth that would encourage and support youth to attend the UA and would provide leadership opportunities for current UA students. Ali did an excellent job presenting her idea at the summit, where it was well-received.

In summary, Ali Tsosie-Harvey is highly deserving of this recognition and her coworkers comment on how fortunate they are to work with her every day. 

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