“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
Renae Begay is a member of the Dine Nation, her clans are Hashtł’ishnii (Mud Clan) born for Naaneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Charcoal-Streaked Division of Red Running into the Water). Her maternal grandfather's clan is Áshįįhí (Salt Clan) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tó Dích’íi’nii — Bitter Water.
Renae joined Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in Shiprock, N.M. in May of 2021. Renae received her Master's in Public Administration from University of New Mexico. Her role within the center is to coordinate the SafeSchools Project for the Shiprock and Chinle cross- site. She will be assisting schools on the Navajo Nation by ensuring the safety and well-being of children and adolescents is key for student success. Schools will be able to enhance safety with positive collaborations with stakeholders in the communities. As well as being able to rapidly identify cases entering the school and limiting the need for future closures through tracing and isolation protocols.