Environmental Justice, Native/Indigenous In Empowerment, Cultural Preservation, & Tribal Sovereignty, Spiritual Resistance


Teressa Unaliin Baldwin is Inupiaq from Kotzebue, Alaska, a small Native village 30 miles above the Arctic Circle. Teressa has focused her own work in the Native American community. She has developed a passion in mental health from a young age. Teressa traveled to over 30 indigenous communities speaking about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. She focused her work on developing culturally relevant trainings and workshops to engage youth in the discussion around suicide prevention. Teressa was recognized by President Obama as one of his Champions of Change in 2011 for her work in native communities. Teressa has developed her early career in Washington D.C. working for a National Native organization. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Indian Child Welfare Association, a nationwide non-profit that focuses on the wellbeing of indigenous children in the Foster Care system. She will be a first year graduate student at Columbia University this fall where she will be working towards a Master’s of Science in Social Work. Teressa is an alumna of UC San Diego where she earned her bachelors of arts in sociology- science and medicine.