Virginia Vogel

American Indian Youth Enrichment Coordinator
Department of Indian Work

Virginia Vogel joined Interfaith Action in May 2018 as American Indian Youth Enrichment Coordinator in the organization’s Department of Indian Work. She worked extensively with the Native community during college and graduate school and is thrilled to return to this work

Virginia previously worked as a counselor with Midwest Psychological Services, as a masters-level intern in a day treatment classroom at Fraser, and as a mentor and tutor in the Saint Paul Public Schools’ Indian education program.

She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris in American Indian Studies and psychology in 2015. There, she was elected to the executive board of the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA). In that position, she helped organize the annual powwow and events for prospective Native students and spoke at conferences about the impact of culture on education and the representation of Native students in education. She also was part of a hiring committee to select an American Indian Studies professor, an experience she said “helped me to understand and embrace my Native identity in a safe and enriching environment. The opportunity to pass along self-discovery to the next generation is one that I cherish.”

Virginia received her master’s degree in counseling and student personnel psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2017. “I bring to my work a strong belief that education is one of the most important resources that our world possesses,” she says.

Virginia enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Morris and Nisse. She loves to fish, hike and bake. An avid traveler, she has been to 44 states and is working on plans to make it to the other six in the near future.