Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leader: Crystal Jensen

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Up-and-Coming Leader: Crystal Jensen

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Often, Native American women become leaders to fill a need in the community. "That's definitely how I've evolved, without realizing it, to use technology to empower communities," said Crystal Jensen, a registered member of the Choctaw tribe.

These days, Jensen is a graduate assistant and doctoral candidate at Pepperdine University, where she is studying education and learning technologies--and she is also a PDK Emerging Leader. Jensen's doctoral research focuses on core issues in the technology gap experienced by Native Americans, other indigenous populations, and communities in need, especially in rural areas. She's taught and coordinated school technology programs in rural and urban schools for 10 years.

Jensen said her interest in technology led her to found Integrity Technologies, Inc., and the nonprofit Community Empowerment Resource Center (CERCle). Both are recent start-ups focused on using technology to help rural Native Americans living on reservations learn, connect, and collaborate. Her projects include exploring ways technology helps preserve Native American culture by digitizing languages and stories, informing environmental preservation through mapping territories and resources, and increasing communication and collaboration through online social media. …

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