Student assistant Annika in blue shirt

Position Title
Student Assistant, 2019-20


My name is Annika Shije and I am from Santo Domingo Pueblo and Santa Clara Pueblo. Currently, I am a first year majoring in Biological Systems Engineering. I hope to give back to my native community by pursuing water studies to research ways to purify large masses of water at once. I am also Aztec and Mexican on my mother’s side, and practice those beliefs in Los Angeles through dance. Since my background is very diverse I know how to perform an array of dances from traditional dances to fancy shawl, Danza Azteca, and even some salsa and Bachata. Here’s the catch though, I am terrible at dancing, I just enjoy doing it very much.