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ERIC Number: EJ976750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-23
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
Native Tribal Scholars: Building an Academic Community
Woods, J. Cedric
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jan 2012
When the author first started as interim director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS) based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, he was given three studies that broadly identified specific needs and disparities of Native people in the region. Given that he was at an institution of higher education, his immediate thought was to do what he could to build collaborations with tribes to help Native "college" students. Working as a collaboration has benefits--and challenges. Developing job descriptions, forming search committees, conducting interviews and then hiring requires more flexibility and commitment when multiple organizational cultures, geography and deadlines are in play. However, the bonus is that there is greater buy-in from the partners if they are engaged in all major aspects of making the project work. Stronger connections between university programs and the Native community were clearly formed. UMass Boston staff served as class and workshop instructors. Native community members played an active role in opening and closing ceremonies, cultural workshops and presentations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts