Jade Martinez

Major: Environmental studies
Hometown: Chiloquin, Oregon
Tribe: Klamath Tribe descendent and member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Why the UO? I love the atmosphere and energy of a big university, but what really drew me here was the encouragement and warm welcome from one of the advisors at the UO.  

In the classroom: I love all the classes I’ve taken, especially my environmental studies courses, landscape architecture, Pacific Northwest American landscapes, and two years of Sahaptin language classes.

Settling in: I’m very family oriented, so coming here alone was difficult at first, but as soon as I got involved with events and student groups, I felt much more at home. I’m a codirector for the Native American Student Union (NASU) this year and have worked on lots of projects with other groups like the Native Strategy Committee. I’m also really passionate about the environment, and I’ve been working with the Tribal Climate Change Project to improve environmental conditions in our community.

What’s next? After I graduate, I want to go back home and implement what I’ve learned. There are a lot of issues I want to be involved in like water issues in the Klamath basin, forest service mediation, and natural resource policy. I want to go to graduate school at some point as well.

Being a Duck: The community here is fun and exciting and active. The Native American community on campus is very welcoming, and it has inspired me to reach out and encourage other new students to get involved in programs.

Take it from me: Bring your ideas with you when you get here, because this campus welcomes new points of view and encourages you to voice your opinions and goals.