The White House announced Sunday that Lydia Doza, 24, a Generation Indigenous Native Youth Ambassador, will be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama for the President’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Each year for nearly three decades, the First Lady has invited people to sit in her viewing box to watch the President deliver his State of the Union address at the Capitol. These guests exemplify the themes and ideals that the President lays out in his address.
For the President’s final State of the Union address, the individuals who will be seated in the guest box tell the story of the progress made since the President delivered his first address seven years ago – from a terrible economic recession and two costly wars, to a revitalized and thriving economy and renewed American leadership abroad.
Originally from Anchorage, Lydia Doza’s upbringing in three Alaskan tribes – Inupiaq, Tsimshian, and Haida – as well as her grandmother Joanne’s influence taught her the value of an education and the importance of mentorship. She discovered her passion for engineering early on through her high school robotics team, and, through her involvement with the Administration’s Generation Indigenous initiative to support Native American youth, she’s engaging with rural youth in disciplines across the STEM fields to apply their skills and education. Lydia is currently pursuing a degree in software engineering technology at Oregon Tech, where she’s also an event organizer for Engineering Ambassadors, which focuses on outreach to kids as young as three years old through high school to encourage a career in engineering. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Lydia hopes to work full time as a software engineer while continuing her involvement in the community to promote the importance of STEM and higher education. Lydia ultimately hopes to pursue a master’s degree in data science and encourage more women to go into STEM. Lydia’s mother, Maria Graham, and two brothers, Dorien and Leland, live in Wasilla, Alaska.
We congratulate Lydia for her outstanding accomplishments!
Tune in to President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12 at 9PM Eastern Time!