Carolyn Rodriguez (she/her) is a member of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. In 2021, she received her Master’s from UCLA in American Indian Studies and is a second-year PhD student in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Social Research Methodology program. Her research highlights the importance of oral history and upholding indigenous knowledge systems, and she is interested in examining tribal-university relationships. Carolyn also works with tribal youth to create a space to learn their cultural knowledge and strengthen their Native identities. She believes in supporting Amah Mutsun youth’s academic success while mentoring them in activism for social and environmental justice to protect the land, water, all more-than-human beings, and sacred sites.