Student Spotlight: Senior Thesis & Colloquium-Bella '19

Senior Thesis and Colloquium is the culmination of a seven-year journey. Each Bosque senior undertakes a yearlong independent research project and delivers his or her findings in a twenty-page research essay, as well as in the public presentation at Colloquium.
In the weeks leading up to Colloquium on May 15 and 16, the BUZZ will feature the thesis topics of Bosque’s seniors and provide insight into our student-researchers as they work toward the completion and presentation of their finished work.
Mark your calendars for Senior Colloquium!
May 15 & 16, 2019
6–9 pm

Bella ’19
Using Tribal Critical Race Theory to decolonize and indigenize Bosque School

Thesis Synopsis:
Bella used Tribal Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a lens to research the importance of decolonizing and indigenizing research and curriculum at Bosque School. She chose to study this because of her experience as a Native American student growing up at Bosque as well as her interest in what it means to “ indigenize” her learning process. Tribal Critical Race Theory was something she came across during her research; it creates an argument in which stories are not separate from theory, making them legitimate sources of data. Throughout her thesis, a personal narrative carries her argument.

Researcher Bio:
Bella is Oglala Sioux and Ho-Chunk. Throughout her years at Bosque, she’s spent much time outside of class working with campus diversity groups to help support students and create a more equitable campus. She recently helped organize the first student-run and first-ever diversity conference for public and independent schools in New Mexico. She loves to play lacrosse and hang out with friends. Bella is excited to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in the fall.