Tawnshi! My family hails from southern Ontario. I grew up in northern Michigan and have eight siblings with lots of extended family. I received my undergraduate degree in social work and went on to earn an MA in comparative religion specializing in American Indian religion. I also have a Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in American Indian content. I work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation because I believe spiritual coping for Indigenous folks is central to healing and reclaiming identity. In my research role, the work we do is intervention-oriented, community-based, and bridges the gap between conventional research and applied justice action. Ideological value commitments underline this work, which critically examines health disparities for our communities. With cancer touching the lives of many around me, I know that research and advocacy go hand-in-hand.