Keshshi! Ho’ Alfred Delena le’shina. Hom annodi: K’yak’yali:kwe deyan Dowa:kwe a:wan ch’ale. Hom a:łashshina: a:chi Vanessa dap Larry Delena le’shina. Ho’ Shiwi.
Translation: Hello! My name is Alfred Delena. My clans are Eagle and Child of the Corn. My parents are Vanessa and Larry Delena. I am Zuni.
As a sign of respect in my culture, this is the proper way of introducing myself (formally) to you in my Native language, Zuni.
I am currently a 5th year undergraduate student, majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Education at Stanford University. This academic year, I have also been writing an honors thesis through the Graduate School of Education’s interdisciplinary program.
My thesis, which is also my project for the Emerging Scholars Fellowship, focuses on exploring the social, emotional, and mental well-being of university undergraduates. More specifically, my research seeks to understand what students of color at a highly selective university believe are the factors that affect their general sense of well-being.