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ERIC Number: ED546048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 214
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-9110-4
Indigenizing Leadership Concepts through Perspectives of Native American College Students
Williams, Robin Starr
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Oklahoma State University
The findings from this study were that the Native student leaders in Native student organization (NSO) have been impacted by their experiences in ways that were rewarding, supportive and increased participation. The benefits found from being in a NSO included communicating and networking, building a community on campus, representing Native students on campus, and being a role model. The barriers that the Native student leaders saw was transitioning into leadership, miscommunication, membership, and time required to be in a leadership position. The students also provided insight in the impact on motivation to continue to pursue a degree and on their definition of leadership through their Native student leadership experiences. What also arose from the voices of Native students were the observations they had of Indigenous leadership in the NSO and in general. The Native student leaders had every intention of giving back to their home communities and universities in the form of mentoring younger Native students, recruiting and increasing Native visibility in their respective profession, and building leadership and general skills to give back to the community and profession. Lastly, the Native student leaders were asked to describe important characteristics and values necessary for a Native student leader to have in a university and tribal setting. The values and characteristics found were the same in being committed, proactive, respectful and humble in both settings with exception to the university setting where Native student leaders thought it was important to be open minded. When the Native students described Indigenous leadership, the overarching descriptive terms that arose were commitment, community and cooperation. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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