Today, Native people experience poverty, violence and health disparities at far greater rate than other underrepresented groups in the United States. Nationally, Natives are not well-represented within academia. Academia requires that Native students work to overcome these challenges while navigating higher education pathways. Native identity development and preservation within the scholarly context can be a complex and rigorous process for Native scholars to successfully navigate. Successful Native scholars develop skills adapted for two different worlds: tribal and academic. The purpose of this seminar is to provide an opportunity for inclusive discourse regarding American Indian and Alaska Native scholars.
Presented by: Ruth Short Bull, Forestry Department; Annie Belcourt-Dittloff, Department of Pharmacy; Vernon Grant, Department of Health and Human Performance