Christianne Magee, Ph.D

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Role: Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, CSU Fort Collins

How are you connected to CSU Spur?

I work on sourcing and developing content for veterinary cases.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?

I produce CSU’s VR animal anatomy program that is used for outreach at the K-12 level, as well as teaching in our undergraduate, graduate, and DVM programs. Integrating the VR content into the cases was a natural fit for me, and as a veterinarian who teaches anatomy and physiology using a case-based approach, the cases for Spur have been an opportunity to integrate my veterinary knowledge with teaching and outreach experiences

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?

Engagement, education, and empowerment are my three main goals for my role in Spur as well as my students. As humans we are the primary caregivers for our families, our pets, and our planet even if that’s not our primary job. When we are engaged, we are learning the “why” as well as the “what” and we are empowered to use that knowledge as agents of change. To me, being empowered is not just the capacity to deal with something on my own, but also knowing when I need help and when a team approach or an expert is needed to help resolve a situation. I know that Spur will become a place for engagement, education, and empowerment so that we can more effectively care for our families, our pets, and our planet.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

As much as we would love for everyone to come to Spur, we recognize that this may not be possible for everyone. Many of the learning resources at Spur are being developed so that they can be brought to schools or programs and create that same engagement, education, and empowerment at a local level.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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