Always runners, always scientists: running in resiliency
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Always runners, always scientists: running in resiliency
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Dr. Lydia Jennings' T3 Fundraiser

My name is Lydia Jennings, and I am a citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. I have been part of AISES since 2014, am a "Lighting the Pathway" scholar of the 2015 cohort, and recently completed my PhD at the University of Arizona, titled "Reclaiming Mining in Southern Arizona: Considering Science and Policy Aspects that Build Resiliency."

Due to COVID-19, my graduation, and that of many other students in the class of 2020, was canceled. To find an alternative way to celebrate, I have decided to run 50 miles to celebrate my graduation, which I will be doing on March 20, 2021 along the Arizona Trail. The Arizona Trail is an 800-mile recreational trail that spans from Mexico to Utah along Indigenous trading routes. I will be running 50 miles close to Tucson, which is where my community is located. Along the run, I will be dedicating each mile to a different Indigenous scientist who has navigated the hallways of academia to create more pathways for future Indigenous students. I am calling my run "Always runners, always scientists: running in resiliency."

Throughout my education journey, I have been so grateful for the scholarship of Indigenous knowledge holders before me, and can only imagine what their experiences were like being the first in a field, fighting to show the validity in their lived experiences. This run is a small step towards paying homage to them. I am dedicating the last mile to the students who come after me. I would like to use this run to raise money for students who have struggled through COVID-19 educational conditions.

I found AISES to be so important in my own educational journey -- I see the community and support from the organization as key to my personal success.

ABOUT Together Towards Tomorrow (T3) Funds

The T3 Fund will allow AISES to provide Native American/Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic a one-time scholarship of $500.  Read More about the AISES T3 Fund.

Please join us by offering support to Native American students who are still being affected by the pandemic through this fundraiser by Dr. Lydia Jennings.


Name Date Amount Comments
Valerie Stone 12/20/2021 $51.80 A run of gratitude - what a beautiful way to honor those who have inspired you.
Bill Teng 12/18/2021 $103.30  
Nicole Adams 11/06/2021 $31.20  
Rosie Alegado 10/21/2021 $51.80 to celebrate Lydiaʻs achievements and to support the Indigenous scholars to come.
Marian Schmidt 10/20/2021 $103.30  
Dominique David-Chavez 06/27/2021 $41.50  
Kelly Degering 06/10/2021 $10.61  
Aleena Arakaki 06/09/2021 $10.61  
Timberley Roane 06/09/2021 $206.28  
Anthony Kahn 05/10/2021 $51.80  
Stephanie Carroll 04/23/2021 $103.30 Lulululu!!! Dr. Jennings!
Michael Bacon 04/13/2021 $51.80  
Julie Neilson 03/31/2021 $51.80  
Erica Lohrey 03/30/2021 $51.80  
Anonymous Friend 03/28/2021 $20.91 Brilliant! Congratulations on your PhD and celebrating with this incredible run Dr Jennings!
Leslie Driskill 03/27/2021 $20.91 Good Luck, Dr. Jennings!
Andrew Kniss 03/26/2021 $103.30  
Kristin Timm 03/26/2021 $26.06 This is so inspiring! Congratulations!
Nell Green Nylen 03/26/2021 $51.80  
Diane Thompson 03/25/2021 $51.80  
Kate Murray 03/25/2021 $20.91  
Maryam Zaringhalam 03/25/2021 $51.80  
Kadie Heinle 03/25/2021 $20.91  
Anonymous Friend 03/25/2021 $18.85  
Anonymous Friend 03/25/2021 $103.30  
Ryan Trainor 03/25/2021 $51.80  
David Pomerantz 03/25/2021 $51.80 Congratulations!
Rosemary Mosco 03/25/2021 $41.50  
Anny Chung 03/25/2021 $51.80 You are such an inspiration!
Merritt Turetsky 03/25/2021 $206.28 Thank you for inspiring us all.
Sarah Crump 03/25/2021 $31.20  
Anonymous Friend 03/25/2021 $51.80 For future scholar/runner/scientists in AISES!
Philip Bell 03/25/2021 $103.30 Thank you, Dr. Jennings!
Alexander Rivest 03/25/2021 $51.80  
Sarah Brinkley 03/25/2021 $30.00 All the congrats!!
Erin Lowe 03/25/2021 $25.00  
Anonymous Friend 03/24/2021 $103.30  
Katie Keating 03/24/2021 $51.80  
Daniel Rimmer 03/24/2021 $51.80 Congratulations Lydia! You keep setting higher and higher bars of excellence
Alessondra Springmann 03/24/2021 $10.61  
Carrie Joseph 03/24/2021 $46.46  
Lia Ossanna 03/24/2021 $103.30  
Corey Welch 03/24/2021 $51.80 Mile #34
Joanna Nelson 03/24/2021 $20.91 Dr. Jennings! Proud of you finishing your PhD and a 50-mile run, and the Indigenous scientists/scholars you honored, as well the rising scholars. With admiration and respect, I am honored to contribute to your efforts.
Melissa Miller 03/24/2021 $103.30  
Yoshira Van Horne 03/24/2021 $26.06 Congratulations Dr. Jennings, que viva #SoilPower
Colleen Miller 03/24/2021 $21.12  
Anonymous Friend 03/24/2021 $103.30 So inspired by you.
Luz Huntington-Moskos 03/24/2021 $26.06 Beautiful way to celebrate your achievement!! Congrats!
Dan Silbaugh 03/24/2021 $103.30 Congratulations Doctor! A doctorate AND a 50 mile-er. Awesome.
Karen Vaughan 03/24/2021 $103.30 Lydia - you are an inspiration - thank you for ALL the important work you do!
Patrick Culbert 03/24/2021 $26.06  
Randa Jabbour 03/24/2021 $51.80 Congratulations, Dr. Jennings!
Michelle Baker 03/24/2021 $104.37 Congratulations, Lydia Jennings on your achievements. May you continue to be a shining light and inspiration to all.
Jenny Kurzweil 03/24/2021 $51.80 Congratulations Dr. Jennings! I am so inspired by you and the work you do in the world!
Aaron Yazzie 03/24/2021 $103.30 To Dr. Jennings who inspires me!
Katherine Earp 03/24/2021 $51.80  
Monica Feliu-Mojer 03/24/2021 $51.80 Way to go, Lydia!
Christy Till 03/24/2021 $51.80  
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe 03/24/2021 $52.91 Way to go Lydia. As I dedicate each mile to the amazing native scholars, allow me to dedicate my donation to you.
Amy Burgin 03/24/2021 $51.80 Congrats!
John Burnett 03/24/2021 $51.80  
Lisa Graumlich 03/24/2021 $51.80 Congratulations Dr. Jennings!
Sophie Comer-Warner 03/24/2021 $51.80  
Sam Packard 03/23/2021 $51.80 take my stimmy
Anonymous Friend 03/23/2021 $31.20  
Regina Kuwanhoyioma 03/23/2021 $51.80 So proud of you, Dr. Jennings! Congratulations!
Michael Duer 03/22/2021 $26.06 Great cause!
Benjamin Childers 03/22/2021 $515.24 I miss running with you, Lydia! I'll be cheering you on from DC.
Montoya Whiteman 03/22/2021 $56.02 I hope the post-run high lasts a lifetime. Thank you.
Chloe Frankovic 03/22/2021 $20.00  
Lauren Furphy 03/22/2021 $51.80 A fabulous accomplishment! Thank you for all of your hard work making this world and community a better place.
Karletta Chief 03/22/2021 $20.91 In memory of my aunt.
Caroline Mosley 03/22/2021 $51.80 Big congrats on all these accomplishments! Amazing work.
Anonymous Friend 03/21/2021 $26.33  
Elizabeth Tuck 03/21/2021 $51.80  
Nancy Cardona 03/21/2021 $51.52 Congratulations, Dr. Jennings! Your run is stuck a beautiful tribute to all who have paved the way AND for those who have yet to travel that road.
Yamina Pressler 03/21/2021 $52.34 Congratulations Dr. Jennings!!!!
Liz and Jess Dahlmann-Pillow 03/21/2021 $103.30 Congratulations, dude!
Cristina Jones 03/21/2021 $51.80  
Kirby Drake 03/21/2021 $51.80  
Eric Palmer 03/20/2021 $26.06  
Verl Allen 03/20/2021 $103.30  
Parmvir Bahia 03/20/2021 $51.80  
Ronda Charles 03/20/2021 $103.30 Congratulations! Thank you for your Kindness and Courage!!
Anonymous Friend 03/20/2021 $51.80  
Iris Delaney Francisco 03/20/2021 $103.30  
Amanda Folk 03/20/2021 $51.80  
Julius Lubin 03/20/2021 $15.76  
Michael Dockry 03/20/2021 $21.12 Good luck on the run and thank you for inspiring so many of us!
Kathleen Johnson 03/20/2021 $52.34  
Tara Abrams 03/20/2021 $51.80  
Stanford Lake 03/20/2021 $41.50 Glad to support indigenous running that supports our indigenous communities in a positive way.
Joslynn Lee 03/20/2021 $51.80 Way to run!
Lani Tsinnajinnie 03/20/2021 $51.80 Way to go!!
Anonymous Friend 03/20/2021 $15.76  
Kyle Dahlin 03/19/2021 $20.91  
Sarah McCullough 03/19/2021 $26.06 Good luck to you! I love the way you are celebrating your achievement and raising funds for others! I've run 50 miles, and it's no small undertaking! Stay well rested and well hydrated!
Caryn Capriccioso 03/19/2021 $26.06  
Anonymous Friend 03/19/2021 $51.80 Go, Dr Jennings!
James Bettles 03/19/2021 $26.26 Keep on setting the pace!
Anonymous Friend 03/19/2021 $500.00 Thanks and congratulations to Dr. Jennings.
Steven Semken 03/19/2021 $51.80 Congratulations on your PhD, Lydia, and success to you on all of your journeys! Steve
M Yellowhair 03/19/2021 $103.30 Congratulations Lydia! You are amazing!
Crystal Tulley-Cordova 03/19/2021 $69.76  
Kevin Anchukaitis 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Peter Lea 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Katherine Cristiano 03/19/2021 $20.91  
Donovan Price 03/19/2021 $51.80 Good luck Dr. Jennings and keep inspiring indigenous women throughout the world. God Bless.
Benjamin Longcor 03/19/2021 $103.30 Congratulations Lydia!!!!! I'm so incredibly proud of you!
Naomi Lee 03/19/2021 $51.80 Congratulations, Dr. Jennings!!
Tamana Begay 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Sergio Avila 03/19/2021 $36.35 Good luck on your run Lydia! Time to celebrate.
Earyn McGee 03/19/2021 $20.91  
Chris Anderson 03/19/2021 $51.80 Congratulations Lydia and good luck this weekend!
Kunal Palawat 03/19/2021 $77.55  
Norma Villagómez-Márquez 03/19/2021 $26.26 Congratulations, Dr. Jennings! You are an inspiration to us all.
Anonymous Friend 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Joe Plassmann 03/19/2021 $103.30  
Anonymous Friend 03/19/2021 $41.50  
Jennifer Wolf 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Catlow Shipek 03/19/2021 $51.80 Congrats Lydia!
Jessica Wise 03/19/2021 $20.91 Congratulations, Dr. Jennings!
Rowan Martindale 03/19/2021 $103.30  
Anonymous Friend 03/19/2021 $103.30  
Agnes Attakai 03/19/2021 $103.30 Congratulations Dr. Jennings. An inspiration to Native folx.
Fiona Bennitt 03/19/2021 $103.30  
Charles Aukai 03/19/2021 $103.30 Congrats Dr. Jennings! Keep inspiring.
Levi Esquerra 03/19/2021 $206.28 Thanks and Congrats Dr. Jennings!!!!
Anonymous Friend 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Erika Marin-Spiotta 03/19/2021 $77.55  
Colby Moorberg 03/19/2021 $10.61 Good luck! You're an inspiration!
Rory Jacobson 03/19/2021 $31.20 great work and best of luck with your run!
Jennie Duberstein 03/19/2021 $154.79 Congratulations, Lydia! You're going to have an amazing run!
Faith Kearns 03/19/2021 $51.80 Cheering you on always!
Stephen Hughes 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Kuwanna Dyer-Pietras 03/19/2021 $31.20 Sending you so much love, Dr. Lydia! Thank you for all that you do and for being such an incredible advocate and role model. Congratulations on earning your PhD and I wish you a very blessed run.
Michael Bogan 03/19/2021 $103.30 You’re an inspiration, Dr. Jennings!!
Dee Gardner 03/19/2021 $51.80 Congratulations, Dr. Jennings!
John Mollenhour 03/19/2021 $10.61  
Leslie Marasco 03/19/2021 $51.80  
Ruben Hernandez 03/18/2021 $5.46  
Montoya Whiteman 03/18/2021 $20.91 Good Luck Dr. Jennings. You're amazing!
  Total $9,066.30  
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