Jade Swor is currently exploring potential projects at the interface of tribal relations, mycology, and biomimicry. With an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from Evergreen College, she is representative of the diversity of interests and perspectives common amongst our students. She chose Western's MEM program because of the project-focused approach and the distance option which allows her to continue her work as an Environmental Technician with the Potter Valley Tribe in Ukiah, California. Her main focus is to cultivate fungi for medicine, food, and exchanging traditional knowledge in partnership with the Potter Valley Tribe. Though she is still developing her project, her faculty mentor, Taryn Mead, Ph.D., is supporting her with expertise in biomimicry and connections to expand her professional network. Jade is currently taking first year courses and will be developing her master's project in the months to come.