ERIC Number: EJ843109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 8
A Room without a View from within the Ivory Tower
Jaime, Angela M.
American Indian Quarterly, v27 n1-2 p252-263 Win-Spr 2003
The author was not a great student in high school, yet she had ambitions to succeed as a psychologist. She also had difficulty attaching herself to one friend or a group of friends with which she felt comfortable. She was the only self-identified Native student in her high school, however, and there were no support groups or clubs for Native students. There were also no Native teachers, administrators, or community groups for Native people. The author was taught to be proud of who she is but not to advertise it or wear it on her sleeve. However, the author's experience in junior college was positive not only because of the Native professors and the Indian museum located on campus, but also because the support provided to her by the staff and faculty made it possible to further her education and foresee a future. In this essay, the author shares her successful pursuit of a college degree and a graduate degree. She wants to make it clear that she does not feel her experiences in the ivory towers of academia have been unbearable. Experiences of Native people in a system created by the non-Native (and even some created by Natives themselves) have an underlying intent to weed out or fail those who do not look like them or are not from their culture. She walked into this profession and area of the world fully aware of the inevitable challenges and barriers that would be erected in front of her.
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Student Experience, College Students, American Indians, Mentors, Teacher Student Relationship, Cultural Differences, Multicultural Education, Teaching Experience, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: California; Indiana