Margaret Faliano

Graduate Spotlight: Margaret Faliano, Business Administration ’21

Alpha Kappa Psi, Duck Guides, Net Impact, Women in Business, Native American Student Association, Center of Multicultural Academic Excellence Student Leadership Team—these are just some of the activities Margaret Faliano undertook during her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business.

She also served as a teacher’s assistant for the Business Law and Ethics course and earned her global certificate in business.

But it wasn’t all business. Also on the list?

“Going to brunch on the weekends to find my favorite French toast in the entire town,” Faliano said.

A double major in business administration and international studies with minors in Spanish and psychology, she came to the UO from Central Point, Oregon, but with Native homage to Great Falls, Montana, with the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy Reservation.

Faliano mentioned several experiences that made her undergraduate years special prior to the pandemic: “Studying abroad, being in the Business Honors Program, and immersing myself in multicultural mentorship positions.”

“I joined the Business Honors Program for the chance to engage in a curriculum that fosters experiential learning, camaraderie, and true leadership,” she said. She also served as the program’s student director.

“I've since become close friends with my cohort and truly appreciate this unique support system that I've gained,” she said.

Faliano served on the Student Leadership Team for the Center of Multicultural Academic Excellence for the past three years. She is also the current executive codirector of UO Youth Movement, a student-run nonprofit organization that works to provide Native American youth from Oregon, Washington, and California with field days that foster leadership and healthy living.

Faliano is currently a brand intern for Nike’s N7, which aims to support physical activity, education, and career development for youth in Indigenous and Native American communities.

—Sophia Prince ’21 and Lundquist College Communications