NACC Student Staff work at the Center during open hours (10:00am-10:00pm, Monday through Friday) and assist with publicity, planning and coordinating events, and maintaining the NACC facilities.
School: Yale School of Art, 2024
Hometown: Treaty 6 Territory
Native Nation: Cree and Me´tis
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Native Nation: Mexico, China, and Sweden
Naima is a sophomore studying architecture. She was born and raised in San Francisco, California but has roots in Mexico, China, and Sweden. She is a passionate artist, athlete, organizer, activist, and learner. She has been engaged in community visual and performing arts her entire life. Her artistic endeavors span personal drawing, murals, and set design. Recently, she became very interested in archival work which interested her in the NACC Arts Liaison position since it bridges many of her interests!
First Year Liaisons
Hometown: Berkeley, California
Major: Film & Media Studies
Native Nation: Rarámuri
Hi! I’m a first year from California wanting to double major in Film & Media Studies and also something else but I don’t know what yet. In my free time, I love to go on walks with my dogs and family and spend time with friends. San Diego is where I am originally from and it’s my favorite place in California because of the location, the weather, and the carne asada fries! I’ve been living in Berkeley most recently and it’s fun too, but San Diego is my true love. Something that I really care about is educational equity, specifically for overcoming power structures that oppress minority gender and racial/ethnic groups, and at Yale I hope to get more involved in programs that address this topic. I also love meeting new people and finding a community together so please reach out to me to find out about our first year events!
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Native Nation: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)
Brandon Haruki (he/him) is a freshman from Hawai’i in Saybrook college currently interested in studying MCDB on the pre-med track. Through his community service, Brandon is passionate about environmental sustainability, indigenous agriculture, and action to address homelessness. In his spare time, he can be found strumming an ukulele, exploring the outdoors, and facetiming his sister. At home, Brandon enjoys going to the beach, surfing, hiking, driving around the island with his dog, and spending time with family.
Benjamin Franklin ‘26
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Major: Chemical Engineering
Native Nation: Ohkay Owingeh
Hi! My name is Reid Hightower and I’m a first-year in Benjamin Franklin studying Chemical Engineering. My family is from the Ohkay Owingeh pueblo in New Mexico but I was born and raised in Las Vegas. Outside of class, I’m involved with the YSO, STARS, and the NACC through AISES and NISAY. In my free time I enjoy practicing the tuba, exercising with my friends, and hanging out at the NACC.