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November 5 APLU Workshop: Engaging with the Past to Embrace the Future: Supporting Indigenous Students at Public and Land-grant Institutions

APLU, in partnership with Cornell University, is holding a pre-APLU Annual Meeting workshop convening senior university leaders who are engaged in promoting and supporting Indigenous and Native American initiatives on campus. The workshop is also convening those with responsibilities for developing community relationships and campus individuals whose roles directly interface and facilitate the campus supports for Indigenous and Native American students in both the undergraduate and graduate capacities.

The workshop, November 5 from 2:30 to 6pm MT in Denver, will explore successful institutional actions supporting Indigenous and Native American students. It will also provide opportunities for campuses to collaborate and generate resources that could be shared more widely with APLU member institutions engaging with this topic.

Participating institutions will designate institutional teams of two senior leader (president, provost, chief diversity officer, VP student affairs, university communications) and university staff person who facilitates/leads student support initiatives and engages directly with Indigenous/Native American students.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is supporting the conference. Through generous support, we are able to offer some participant support for institutional teams (approx. $300-$400). If your institution can cover travel costs, we ask that you defer support to increase the pool for lesser resourced institutions. Register now.

The 3.5-hour workshop format includes:

  • Keynote
  • Panel of Experts from APLU members
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Networking Reception

Speakers include:

  • Karen Diver, Senior Advisor to the President for Native American Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Barry Dunn, President, South Dakota State University
  • Michelle Villegas-Frazier, Director, Strategic Native American Retention Initiatives, University of California Davis
  • Dr. Walter Fleming, Department Chair, Native American Studies, Montana State University
  • Christopher Caldwell, President, College of Menominee Nation
  • John Phillips, Director of VISTA & Land-grant Programs, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
  • Katherine McComas, Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs, Cornell University
  • Avery August, Deputy Provost and Presidential Advisor on Diversity & Equity, Cornell University
  • Robin Parent, Assistant Vice President STEM Education and APLU DEI Officer

Please reach out to Dr. Robin Parent, Assistant Vice President STEM Education and APLU DEI Officer with questions (rparent@aplu.org).

  • Access & Diversity

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