A Force for Good – Wicahpi Chaddlesone Yankton

Wicahpi Chaddlesone-Yankton (she/her) is a junior here at Bridgewater State University studying political science with an international affairs concentration and two minors in Native American and Indigenous studies and English. She is involved in multiple different organizations, including Student Government Association (SGA) as the parliamentarian and the Indigenous Culture and Allies Association (ICAA) as the president.

It was Chaddlesone-Yankton who had the idea to bring the ICAA back after it had dissolved in 2018, when involved students had graduated. The goal for bringing the organization back to campus was to create a safe space for Indigenous students and encourage Indigenous youth to apply to the university. “We just hosted a group of local Indigenous high school seniors last week,” Chaddlesone-Yankton said. “We are currently working with Fred Clark to get financial aid support for local Indigenous youth.”

Through her involvement on campus, Chaddlesone-Yankton primarily focuses on unity, community, and connectivity. She states, “I hope to be a really strong leader for future Native American students.”

In addition to this, she wants to make sure that different organizations and students feel connected to the Student Government Association and wants to assist in “bridging the gap” between the SGA and campus organizations.

Chaddlesone-Yankton was part of student government in high school, which encouraged her to get more involved on campus. It was her mom who got her interested in reviewing constitutions, as her mom would always be looking through different constitutions back home. Since she has worked with the material previously, she knew what she was getting herself into when she went from her position in senate to parliamentarian, which is a position that primarily works with approving student organization constitutions and helping students to adjust them when needed

Chaddlesone-Yankton described many short and long term goals, such as graduation and looking into potential graduate programs. Chaddlesone-Yankton explained that she has many different things that motivate her, such as her family. She is originally from South Dakota, where she says she was raised to be super independent. Additionally, she says that it was her family, friends and colleagues that have so far motivated her to take on different leadership positions.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Come One, Come All: PC’s Annual Carnival

Program Council’s (PC) free Annual Carnival took place on Sunday, April 14th in the Moakley Lot, providing plenty of space for each attraction. This year’s carnival was larger than last year. “The carnival kept falling on rainy days [last year], so we couldn’t do as much,” said Phoebe Wilmot (she/her), Spirit and Traditions Director of […]

The Bridge Unveils 21st Edition at BSU Arts Fest

The 21st edition of The Bridge, Bridgewater State University’s annual literature and arts journal, was unveiled to much anticipation on April 24 at University Park as part of the BSU Arts Fest. The staff of the journal introduced the first, second, and third place prizes for both art and literature, and the winners spoke about […]

AKA’s Upsilon Iota Chapter Fosters Community Leaders

On December 8, 2018, at 6:08 p.m., the Upsilon Iota chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. (AKA) was chartered on the BSU campus as its first Black Greek organization.  Since then, it has been a space to empower Black female students at BSU and become stand-out members of their communities. The Comment interviewed line sisters […]

BSU Confronts Fast Fashion With Art Installation

Walking into the Rondileau Student Union (RSU), you might do a double take. But no, that’s not a pile of dirty laundry (cue residents everywhere running to check their washers). The Aftermath (2021) is a multimedia sculpture that is on loan to BSU until May 17. The huge pile of clothing highlights the impact of […]