America Walks Graduation Ceremony


Sheldon R. Benally works with the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center on a project to provide safe and enjoyable opportunities for physical activity on the Navajo Reservation by building trails. In March, 2020, the national organization America Walks awarded Sheldon a Fellowship for their Walking College program, which is designed to build the capacity of local advocates to increase walking and expand walkability in their communities.  For six months, Sheldon and 24 other Fellows from across the country completed a curriculum of study; participated in online videoconference discussion forums focused on leadership, coalition-building, community design, and policy; and developed a personal Walking Action Plan to advance the planning and construction of trails in Baca/Prewitt, Counselor, and other communities in Eastern Navajo Agency.  On Tuesday, December 8th, Sheldon will receive his Walking College diploma in an online graduation ceremony.