Cassandra Dakan has an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications, and an MA in Cultural Anthropology from NAU. Before teaching full time at NAU she was a nonprofit professional in program and fund development, working in youth development, early childhood education, public television, museums, and grass roots citizen engagement. Cassie's own adult daughter, Lindsay, is a true global citizen, dedicated to human and gender rights - studying, living and working in Europe, China, and Uganda—which Cassie has visited. When not the classroom, Cassie is in a yoga studio. Part of the Honors College since 2010, she is inspired by the young adults who bring their hearts and minds to learning, and who will build a better world for us all.