Allyson Kempf is a junior at Indiana University where she majors in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Childhood Development. Originally from South Bend, she has been a part of the Notre Dame community since birth. Having attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through her senior year of high school, Allyson has a deep appreciation for the value of a Catholic education and is eager to make an impact through her work for the American Indian Catholic Schools Network. As an intern, she has been involved in research about American Indian Catholic Schools and planning the Network’s conference, which will take place in Denver at the end of July.
R. Tyrel London '19 (Sicangu Lakota)
Tyrel London is a junior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Film, Television, and Theatre (with a concentration in theatre) and American Studies, with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society. Following his summer interning with the Network, Tyrel will will spend the fall studying abroad in London, enjoying copious amounts of theatre and tea. Hailing from central Arizona, he enjoys baking, Elizabeth Gilbert, and hugs from genuine people. His post-grad plan is to immerse himself in the arts and pursue an MFA in acting.
Until then, Tyrel will spend a large portion of his time at Notre Dame dedicated to (Native) American Studies. As an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, Tyrel has always been interested in Native American history and education, which led him to Dr. Collier in two classes at Notre Dame, where he was immersed in Native histories and the intersection of Catholic and Native Education. Tyrel started working with the Network as part of his Professional Venture Summer with the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, as well as continued immersion in Native education for his proposed thesis on the intersection of boarding school curriculum and the formation of Native identity.
Kathleen Rocks '18
Kathleen Rocks is a senior majoring in Political Science and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Kathleen was born and raised in the West Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Following her internship with AICSN, Kathleen will serve as a Resident Assistant in Cavanaugh Hall and as the president of ND’s only environmental club, GreeND and will be working on her thesis in Political Science. Kathleen first became interested with Native American history and education as a freshman at Notre Dame when she took Dr. Brian Collier’s Native American History class. Since then, she has been involved with a variety of projects related to American Indian Catholic Schools such as consulting St. Ann’s Catholic School in Belcourt, ND (Turtle Mountain Reservation) on a marketing campaign and researching operational American Indian Catholic schools. Kathleen is excited to intern with the American Indian Catholic Schools Network and to support the five member schools in their efforts to offer incredible Catholic educations to their students.