Palos Park, Illinois, United States
Carson Smith, a member of the Choctaw Nation, is from Palos Park, Illinois, and pursuing a JD at Stanford Law School. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Native American studies. As a Rotary Scholar, she studied at the University of Oxford for an MPhil in socio-legal research. Carson aspires to design community-based and culturally-informed peacemaking processes in collaboration with Indigenous and tribal communities. More recently, Carson has worked as the Conflict Resolution Fellow at Stanford University, where she has guided the mapping and redesign of multiple university conflict resolution processes, taught several courses, and acted as a peacemaker. Carson is an Advisory Board Member for the Native American Rights Fund’s Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative. She was a recipient of the James W. Lyon Public Service Award and Marion Brummell Kenworthy Award for Innovation in Public Service.