Ceyshe Napa

My name is Ceyshe (say-sha) Napa. I am of the Water Flows Together People. Born for the Red Running Into the Water People. Folded Arms People is my maternal grandfather’s clan. Towering House People is my paternal grandfather’s clan. I live in Phoenix with my husband, Terry and daughter, Elizabeth. When I was 8 years old, my family relocated to Phoenix from Chinle, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. I am glad we ended up staying, specifically for the educational opportunities. As a first-generation college graduate of Phoenix College and Arizona State University and woman of color, I use my lived experience to guide college students through academic systems as an Achieving a College Education (ACE) program advisor with Glendale Community College. I believe in affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all people. This is the foundation of all the work I do including: my terms of service with Native American Connections (2014) and Center for Neighborhood Leadership (2015) as a Public Ally/AmeriCorps member; Board Member and Chair for Poder in Action (2017-present); Share the Plate Committee Member (2018-2020), O.W.L. Facilitator (2017-present), and Board Trustee (2016-2018) for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix (UUCP).