2017 Student Servant-Leadership Awardee
Amber Poleviyuma is a community health student at Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Her leadership and volunteerism efforts aimed toward increasing representation and awareness for Native American communities has impacted Arizona State University students and individuals in the surrounding community.
Inspired by her family, members of the Hopi tribe in northern Arizona's Moenkopi village, Poleviyuma aims to use her research to affect policy. In accordance with the Native American values of community and selflessness, she hopes to make a difference in the community, and expand communication and understanding across racial barriers. While Poleviyuma is interested in addressing a wide variety of issues including environmental, government and health issues, she is especially focused on reducing the number of youth suicides on Native American reservations through culturally relevant preventative programming.
In 2014, she worked with the Center for American Indian Resilience to conduct research for the Native American Cancer Prevention project, which explored the experiences of Native American cancer patients with healthcare providers. She helped found Native Americans for Academics, Success and Unity, an ASU club meant to help Native American students reach their academic goals while engaging with the community. Poleviyuma also worked with the ASU Tribal Nations Tour to reach out to Native American students throughout the state and inspire and encourage these students to pursue a college degree upon completing high school.
She is the vice president of the Tau Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Incorporated, and worked with the Moenkopi Youth and Family Life Enrichment Program to provide youth programs and family events for the residents of her village. She said Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for people who couldn't stand up for themselves, and she hopes to do the same. She leads by example to create greater understanding among different peoples, and in this way, hopes to show that these issues aren't just Native American issues-they're shared issues.