SAIO 50 for 50: Leo John "LJ" Bird
This Week's Spotlight: Leo John “LJ” Bird ('17, CSRE & Native American Studies)
Bird (Asmkapii Piikani, Haida-Tlingit) is a TRiO Success Coach at Salish Kootenai College and a student in the University of Montana’s Master of Public Health program with a focus on suicide prevention. In fall 2021, he will begin pursuing a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in language and culture revitalization and its intersections with health and healing. Bird has previously served as an Academic Success Specialist at Blackfeet Community College.
At Stanford, Bird was a Stanford American Indian Organization Co-chair, a 2-time resident of Muwekma-Tah-Ruk, a member of the 17th Undergraduate Senate, a Native American Cultural Center Social Justice Coordinator, Stanford Native Immersion Program staff, and a member of Stanford American Indian Science and Engineering Society. In the Senate, Bird authored a resolution that was instrumental in pushing the University to rename campus buildings and streets that reified Junipero Serra, one of the founders and early leaders of the California Mission system.