Student Staff

Ty ithreeha Allen

Hi! My name is Ty'ithreeha Allen and I am a sophomore at HSU majoring in Child Development and minoring in American Indian Education. I am Karuk and Yurok, and have lived in Humboldt County my entire life. I love being outdoors doing things like going on hikes, gardening, and swimming in the river during summertime. While in school I try and work with the community as much as possible, whether in be helping out at the local garden or coaching a youth basketball team. After graduating from Humboldt, I plan on opening up my own childcare facility and working to develop programs for Native youth that incorporate traditional practices and knowledge.

Brissa Christophersen
Brissa Christophersen

Welina mai, ‘o Brissa Christophersen ko’u inoa, a he Hawai’i au no ka moku o Maui  (Hello, my name is Brissa Christophersen and I am a Hawaiian from the island of Maui). I am a fourth year Wildlife (Conservation and Management) and Fine Arts double major. I am the eldest of three sisters in my ‘ohana and my ʻaumākua is the moʻo. I’m passionate about native Hawaiian endangered species conservation, especially when it comes to birds. During the summer I enjoy going back home to Maui to do conservation internships and spend time with my family. Here in Humboldt I enjoy hiking, going to the marsh, and painting in my free time. After HSU, I plan to return back home and pursue my career as either a wildlife biologist or scientific illustrator, or both!

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Joelle Montes
Joelle Montes

Hey! My name is Joelle Montes (she/her). I’m a Yaqui scholar here at HSU representing as a first generation college student. I started off here as a freshman studying Fisheries Biology, minoring in Native American Studies. But after three years, I dropped Fisheries and changed my major to NAS with an emphasis in Language & Literature. I am much happier now that I can focus my energy on Indigenous issues and the power and resilience it fuels, while still connecting to my own roots. I specifically am interested in decolonizing language- critiquing how we speak/present truth, especially from an Indigenous lens. I hope to work for my tribe one day, helping our youth. Meanwhile though, I’m helping around here, so stop and say hi if
you’re around!

Charley Reed
Charley Reed

Ayukîi (Hello), naníthvuy uum (my name is), Charley Reed. I come from the Karuk, Hupa and Yurok people of the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. I am currently in my senior year of my undergraduate career, majoring in Native American Studies, while also earning a minor in Recreation Administration. By learning these two disciplines, I plan on giving back to my local tribal community by incorporating indigenous knowledge, values and practices with recreational activities for local, tribal youth. In my spare time, I enjoy spending my free time, hanging out with my friends and family. Some activities we like to do together are, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and gathering traditional foods.

Ketly Sylla

Hello! My name is Ketly Sylla and I am a junior majoring in Sociology. I was born and raised in South Center Los Angeles. I've been trying to pursue a career that actively advocates and assist people with "disabilities." I enjoy painting, acrobatic yoga, singing, humor, r&b, and being actively involoved in a community that's seeking social justice. "You inspire people who pretend not to even see you." -Anon

OliviaRose Williams
OliviaRose Williams

Ayukii, my name is OliviaRose A-TSA-Tonega-a Williams (Rosie) and I am a Native American Studies major and I am planning to double major in Environmental Sciences as well. I grew up in Nevada and lived in California for the past 5yrs. I am Karuk, Pit River, and Wintu on my dad side and I am Paiute/Shoshone on my mother’s side. I enjoy hiking, language, weaving/gathering and going hunting with family. I plan to come back and work in my tribal communities and help with environmental issues. “No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred against those who have no sense.” ― John Trudell