DJ Worley’s peoples include Navajo, Mescalero Apache, Ilocano –from the Philippine Islands, German and Irish. He holds duel citizenship in the Navajo Nation and the US. DJ is a PhD. Candidate in the Native American Studies department at UC Davis. His research focuses on the Intergenerational Leadership of the Patwin people - peoples Indigenous to Davis, California and it’s surrounding areas. As part of his research he is assisting in the language revitalization efforts of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. He became a McNair Scholar in 2005 as an undergraduate student. The support and training he received from McNair has been essential in his development as a scholar, successful enrollment into graduate school and advancement to candidacy. DJ believes that the successful completion of advance degrees by diverse individuals - with multiple perspectives and distinct strategies of inquiry – is essential to the continual growth of knowledge within the academy.
Diana Johnson is a Ph.D. Candidate, US History, Department of History. The topic of her dissertation is "Seattle in Coalition: Working-Class Activism, Multiracial Unity, and Third World Activism in the Pacific Northwest, 1969-1999.” This project uncovers political activism that brought together African Americans, Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans in labor coalitions, mass protests, and Third World solidarity movements. Seattle activists were particularly cognizant of the ways globalization and the shift toward a service-oriented economy at home connected American workers with economic and racial oppression in the Global South.