Ariel Marie Shirley Richer


Ariel Richer is a doctoral student at the Columbia University School of Social Work working within the Social Intervention Group (SIG). Her focus is on intimate partner violence prevention, community-based participatory research, and working collaboratively with Indigenous and Native communities. She works under the direction of Associate Professor Louisa Gilbert on project E-WORTH and project WINGS.

Previously, she worked as an Impact Evaluator at the Administration for Native Americans where she worked directly with community-based organizations developing logic models, evaluation plans, data collection tools, and processes at a community-specific level and across a diverse set of communities. She is fiercely committed to addressing gender-based issues at large, especially gender-based violence, and has over seven years of experience within domestic violence organizations, sexual assault resource centers, and economic enhancement programs for survivors of trafficking and domestic violence. Ariel is the co-founder and Director of Research and Advocacy at the Urban Indigenous Collective ( She earned her Master of Science in Social Work, Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University School of Social work in 2015 and is a Licensed Master Social Worker.