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Serena Denetsosie


Yá’át’èèh shik’èí dóó shidine’è. Tse Deeshgizhnii nishli, Kinyaa’áanii báshíshchíín, Tódích’íi’nii dashícheíí, Hashk’aan Hadzhohí dashínalí. Shí éí Serena Denetsosie yinishyé. Ákót’éego diné asdzáán nishli´.  

Serena Denetsosie, MSW is of the Rock Gap Clan born for Towering House Clan. Her maternal clan is Bitter Water and her paternal clan is Yucca Fruit Strung Out in a Line Clan. She is from the Diné Nation and grew up on a ranch near Tuba City, Arizona. Serena Denetsosie is Deputy Associate Superintendent for the Office of Indian Education  at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). As part of the Policy and Government  Relations team, she oversees the educational and cultural needs of over 51,000 Native  American students. Prior to joining ADE, Serena worked for Arizona State University’s  (ASU) Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) & the Phoenix Indian Center to  collaborate on the development of Parenting in 2 Worlds curriculum. She has also worked  at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona as an epidemiologist providing technical assistance to tribal nations. Her background with growing up on the Dine Nation and coming from a family of medicine men and women has nurtured her ability to successfully work with,  and empower, marginalized communities through their traditional cultures and holistic  perspectives. She received her B.A & Masters in Social Work (MSW) in Policy,  Administration & Community Practice from ASU. Serena adheres to her Diné traditional  values of Walking a Path of Beauty in collaborating with diverse communities toward  balance and wellness.