First Native Woman to Graduate from Oxford (profile)

Shinnecock Member Is First Native Woman to Graduate from England’s Oxford University


On September 22, Kelsey Leonard became the first Native American woman to graduate from England’s Oxford University. She’s a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation of Southampton,New Yorkand graduated with a master’s degree in water science, policy and management from St Cross College, one of Oxford’s 38 colleges.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for not only Ms. Leonard but for all Native peoples of the United States,” stated a representative of theShinnecock Indian Nationin an Oxford press release. “Kelsey continues to bring much pride to the Shinnecock Indian Nation.”