Aanii / Boozhoo / Hello!

My name is Stacie Sheldon. Chitwaadewegekwe nindizhinikaaz Anishinaabemong. Honor Beat Woman is my name in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). Ajiijaak n'doodem. I am Crane Clan.

This site is an opportunity to combine my rich work life as a UX practitioner with the passion I have for life as an Ojibwe person and language advocate.

A resident of Ann Arbor, MI, I grew up in the lakes and hills of Northern Michigan where I spent my summers swimming in our “great lakes” and winters exploring the woods. A lifelong runner, I can also be found on hikes with my dog, Nimkii, or playing guitar, piano, or singing. I’m a bookworm at heart, and I occasionally stay up way too late reading mystery novels--most recently, I’ve been unable to put down the Virgil Flowers series by John Sanford.

You can learn more about me in my resume or keep scrolling for more!

UX Publications & Presentations

Here are some articles and presentations that I have done in recent years in the field of UX.

  • UX Heroes & Villains (Article, May 2019). A how-to on how storytelling can be used to improve product design. In 2020 I modified this activity for a remote setting.
  • How to Practice Empathy in Your UX Work (Article, May 2019). This article explains how empathy can be applied to a UX practice.
  • Hack(Her)413 Hackathon (Presentor & Mentor, February 2020). I designed and facilitated a Design Thinking workshop and mentored students at this hackathon.
  • Tech Girls (Mentor, 2017-2019) This is an annual program offered by the U.S. Department of State that I was fortunate enough to mentor in for two years.

Our Language Matters

My culture and heritage are important to me. Because I believe that culture exists primarily through language (how we see and describe the world) and our language is endangered, I volunteer much of my free time to the creation and maintenance of Ojbwe.net, an innovative open-source learning space. I am also a founder of Miskwaasining Nagamojig (The Swamp Singers), a local women's hand drum group that celebrates contemporary Ojibwe culture and sings traditional songs in our language. Ojibwe.net serves as a repository for all of the ways we archive and share our work. 

My Book: Bebikaan-ezhiwebiziwinan Nimkii: The Adventures of Nimkii

Combining my love of my dog, Nimkii, with my love of Ojibwe language and culture, I am pleased to announce that I have authored a bilingual children's book. It was published by Waub Ajijaak Press with translation by Margaret Noodin and illustrations by Rachel Dennis-Butzin.

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

In 2019, everyone at my company (Echo&Co), accepted the challenge to learn to say Happy Indigenous Peoples Day in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). Diversity and inclusion happen in both large-scale decisions and small moments. I treasure this one.