Program DirectorCompany: Mayo Clinic
Role: Session Presenter
2020 Conference Session:
Transforming Access for Underrepresented Populations: Case Studies on Universal Design and Reconciliation
Marcy Averill (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) grew up on the Turtle Mountain reservation in North Dakota. Her passion for cultural connections to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) was ignited and built in junior high and high school by American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) summer academic programs and science fairs. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and worked for IBM for 15 years.
Now employed by Mayo Clinic, Marcy is a program director in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and Science Office for Diversity, focused on American Indian/Alaska Native learner recruitment and retention. She serves as the operations director for Mayo Clinic Spirit of EAGLES/Native CIRCLE, research and training initiatives on cancer in American Indians/Alaska Natives. Marcy also serves as chair of the Celebrate Dakota! Mayo Clinic employee resource group (MERG), which focuses on American Indians/Alaska Natives. She is also a graduate student at North Dakota State University, pursuing a Master of Public Health in American Indian public health.