Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Actor and activist Chaske Spencer was born of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. He is most recognized for his role as Sam Uley, leader of the Wolf Pack, in Summit Entertainment’s Twilight Saga.
Chaske’s credibility as a quality actor stands strong, with experience both on stage and screen. However, his passions lie beyond his celebrity.
Chaske takes a stand within the Native American community to empower the people, reduce poverty, and create sustainable communities.
At the podium, Chaske speaks about his role as spokesperson for United Global shift, a nonprofit organization that works with Native Americans on his personal project Be The Shift to give power back to the people, and his own personal struggles with drug and alcohol addiction.
Chaske is a spokesperson for United Global Shift, an organization with a mission: “We are causing a united global shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education. A shift from survival and scarcity to possibility, partnership and peace.” Chaske’s work as a spokesperson gives him the opportunity to impact many areas he is committed to shifting: poverty, sustainable communities, and global empowerment.
Through his personal project, Be The Shift, he is shining a spotlight on initiatives designed to create sustainability and prosperity. Be The Shift’s mission is threefold: to create awareness of current issues and conditions facing Native American communities; to create alternatives that promote dignity, justice, unity, and accountability; and to take action that supports the creation of these alternatives.
This event is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. For more information please contact The CU Denver Office of Student life at 303-556-3399.