The SAGE program recruits, trains and financially supports Brown School Master of Social Work students who are interested in completing three credits of their practica in Indian Country.

The SAGE program is facilitated by the Buder Center and is able to provide SAGE recipients stipends for living expenses during their practicum in Indian Country. The Buder Center has developed strong relationships nationally with  American Indian & Alaska Native experts in the field of social work. To meet SAGE criteria, identified practicum sites are organizations serving Native communities focusing on behavioral health, violence prevention, and trauma.  

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity and completing practicum in Indian Country, please read the Flyer.  You can also reach out to us via  Email

If you would like to know more about how to host a SAGE student, please contact us via Email.

2022 SAGE Recipients

Savannah Boyd, Navajo Nation

Tess Eckert, Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma

Kaleigh Edwards, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma

Sharon Evans, Navajo Nation

Jessica Frazier, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Katrina Hungary, Arapahoe Nation

Omin (Kuei-Yun) Jih, SaySiyat Nation of Indigenous Taiwanese

Tanae LeClaire, Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota

Robin Santos, Tohono O’odham

2020 SAGE Recipients

Adria Brown, Chickasaw Nation

Alejandra Gonzalez, Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota

Hazel Rogers

Eric Pinto, Mississippi Band of Choctaw & Zuni 

Heather Sindelar

2018 SAGE Recipients

Sierra Ayres, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Lake Superior Band Ojibwe

Stephen Bell, Lumbee

Jamie Bruner, Muscogee Creek

Krista Catron, Prairie Band Potawatomi

Kelly Connor

Melody Delmar, Navajo

Charity Holmes, Cherokee

Katelyn Lamb

Cora McElwain

Jo Malia Milner

Kyndall Noah, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Krystian Sisson, Muscogee Creek

Brandon Smith, Navajo Nation

 Danielle Tavasti, Choctaw

Jen Van Schuyver, Citizen Band Potawatomi

Julian Wahnee, Comanche/Diné

2015 SAGE Recipients

Ngombe Bitendelo, Bembe Tribe

Matthew Frank, Navajo Nation

Sheronnabah Harvey, Navajo Nation

Merry Manson, Navajo Nation

Alisha Murphy, Navajo Nation

Amanda Rhodes, Cherokee Nation

Wynette Whitegoat, Navajo Nation

Candice Yazzie, Navajo Nation

2021 SAGE Recipients

Shandiin Begay, Navajo Nation

Chase Bryer, Chickasaw Nation

Jordan Connell, Cherokee Nation

Angelica Santiago Gonzalez

Katie Gosser

Jaisah Lee, Oneida Nation

Kelley McCall, Cherokee Nation

Ashton Megli, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Natalie Moyer

Katelynn Pipestem, Osage/Cheyenne

Tyra Wanatee, Meskwaki Nation

2019 SAGE Recipients

Abaki Beck, Blackfeet & Red River Métis

Marlene Cerritos-Rivas

Mariah May, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

Patricia Pena, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas & First Generation Mexican American

Clara Stenstrom, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

2017 SAGE Recipients

Simona Charles, Shoshone-Paiute

Nick Crisp, Cherokee

Olivia Ferrara, Suquamish

Apryl Joe, Navajo Nation

Becky Plumage, Assiniboine/Gros Ventre

Airianne Posey, Piscataway

Miquela Taffa, Laguna Pueblo/Quechan

Kyla Woodard, Oglala Sioux

Melissa Yazzie, Navajo

2016 SAGE Recipients

Candy Boyd, Osage/Cherokee 

Veronica Bruesch, Wichita/Ponca

Rhonda Coursey-Pratt, Nanticoke

Malaya Dayritt

Santos Gonzales

Jasmine Grika, Cheyenne River Sioux/Ojibwe

Michaela Grillo

Stephanie Gutierrez, Oglala Lakota

Nakomis Maher, Mashpee Wampanoag

Kiyana Merritt, Cherokee

Erika Salinas, Comanche

Lacey Thompson, Oglala Lakota Sioux

Shanea Turner-Smith, Mdewakanton Sioux

Jeremy Vu, Oglala Lakota Sioux

Shayna Williams, Eastern Band Cherokee

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