BSU student named to statewide Young Women’s Initiative cabinet

Featured photo courtesy of the Young Women’s Initiative

A Bemidji State University student was named as one of 32 cabinet members for the Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota.

BSU junior Deilyah ‘Asin’ Dexter from Onamia is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and is working on a degree so she may work with Native youth in education.

“I love working with my community and Native youth, especially,” she said.

“I want to push for reform in education knowing I’m equipped with the right experience and skills to do so. I am honored to be a part of this and excited to work alongside so many people I admire.”

“I experienced a lot of racial tension, micro-aggressions and blatant racist behavior in school growing up,” Dexter said.

“My mom encouraged me to go to Bemidji State and now I want to work with Native youth in education. I want to work within my reservation and encourage Native youth to do better and entertain higher goals. I want them to have all of the resources necessary to be better and succeed.”

The initiative engages young women in high-level conversations on equity, diversity and inclusion through a partnership between the Walz administration and the Women’s Foundation.

 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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