Who's Who Top Educators

Inez Larsen

Title: Vice President
Company: Awakening Spiritual Unity
Location: Anchorage, Arkansas, United States

Inez Larsen, vice president at Awakening Spiritual Unity, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health and wellness education.

Dr. Larsen is a dedicated advocate for indigenous communities, with a lifelong commitment to social justice and cultural preservation. Her academic journey includes earning a PhD in clinical psychology from Union Institute & University in 1987 and a Master of Arts in marriage, family, and child counseling from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1977. Prior to this, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in social welfare and correction from California State University, Chico, and an Associate of Arts in social services.

With a passion for empowering indigenous voices, Dr. Larsen has held various leadership roles throughout her career. One such role is serving as vice president of Awakening Spiritual Unity and Substance Abuse Coordinator for the Indian Health Service. She has also served as director of the Men’s Anger Management Program at the Fairbanks Correctional Center, where she played a pivotal role in facilitating healing and rehabilitation.

Driven by a deep sense of purpose, Dr. Larsen attributes her success to her determination and willingness to seize every opportunity. Her advocacy work has been instrumental in shaping policy, notably her involvement in forming the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1973. ICWA has been crucial in protecting the rights of indigenous children and preserving their cultural identity, a cause close to her heart.

Looking ahead, Dr. Larsen is committed to continuing her advocacy work and community engagement. She plans to start another organization dedicated to indigenous empowerment and is passionate about preserving native languages and traditions. Dr. Larsen envisions a future where storytelling and intergenerational collaboration are central to healing and cultural revitalization. Dr. Larsen’s tireless dedication to social justice and cultural preservation inspires aspiring advocates and professionals. Her commitment to empowering indigenous voices and promoting healing underscores the transformative impact of grassroots activism and community engagement.

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