Alumna Miriam Aarons '08 was recently named a keynote speaker for the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention, which joins together 3,500 state delegates to discuss key issues for the largest native organization in Alaska.
According to the Julie Kitka, the AFN president, Aarons is the Bering Straits Native Corporation's corporate communications director and has "worked to stregthen and join communities to make a better Alaska."
Aarons was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and is of Jewish and Inupiaq descent. While enrolled at Columbia, she studied political science, and along with other Columbia and Cornell University students, lobbied Congress to restore proposed cuts in financial aid. After graduating in 2008, Aarons returned to her home state of Alaska to serve her community.
Read the official press release for more information.