Introducing Sophia Carnovale, Indigenization Strategy Intern!

Shé:kon! My name is Sophia Carnovale (she/her/they), and I’m thrilled to be OUSA’s Indigenization Strategy Intern this summer!

This past year, I worked as a peer assistant with Hadiya'dagénhahs First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Centre at Brock University. This role allowed me to deepen my understanding of my own culture and other Indigenous cultures. Through this experience, I developed a passion for ensuring that Indigenous students feel represented and respected within academic institutions.

In recent months, I collaborated with the Brock University Student Union to lay the groundwork for an Indigenous Student Alliance. This initiative aims to create a supportive community for Indigenous students and amplify their voices on campus.

I am both Italian and Mohawk Wolf Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River. Currently, I am entering my 3rd year at Brock University, pursuing a BSc Honours in Medical Sciences with a minor in Indigenous Studies.

In my free time, I sing with Strong Water Singers, an international, award-winning, traditional hand drumming collective. I also coach youth soccer most weeknights and play on the weekends!

I first heard about OUSA from my friends at the Brock University Student Union. They introduced me to the advocacy and programming that OUSA runs to support students. I knew I wanted to get involved immediately! 

I’m so excited to contribute an Onkwehon:we perspective to OUSA’s initiatives! I look forward to working alongside my peers to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

Please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]. I’d love to connect and discuss how we can work together to support Indigenous students and promote cultural understanding.