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Indigenous Student Affairs: Wholistic Approaches to Student Services

January 29, 2020 at 7:30pm9:00pm EST

Life Sciences Complex, 001

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The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Lecture Series

Indigenous Student Affairs units are designed to support all aspects and growth of the unique needs and contexts of Indigenous students. In this presentation recent research about students and these units will be shared in addition to Pidgeon’s (2016) Wholistic Indigenous Framework for student support.

Stephanie J. Waterman ’83, G’04 is Onondaga, Turtle Clan, from the Onondaga Nation. She is associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and coordinates the Student Development/Student Services stream. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in higher education she worked in 11 different departments at Syracuse University. Her research has explored Native American/Indigenous college student experiences. She and her colleagues, Heather J. Shotton and Shelly C. Lowe edited the first book on Native American student affairs, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher education (Stylus, 2013), and have also edited Beyond College Access: Indigenizing Programs for Student Success (Stylus, 2018).

Indigenous post-secondary student success—making the experience more than survival—is what drives her work. Many Indigenous students center their culture as they navigate postsecondary institutions, using their families and communities as foundations to their resiliency. Institutions, however, vary greatly in how they understand and support Indigenous students. Many institutions in the United States are unaware that there is an Indigenous student population on their campus.

This event was first published on January 16, 2020 and last updated on January 23, 2020.

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