Friday, March 07, 2014

CSHPE offers tribal college study trip

Tags: diversity and social justice, teaching and learning

A summer study trip for graduate students interested in the role of tribal colleges and the educational experiences of American Indians is being organized by the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE). A range of institutions will be visited, including tribal, public, and private higher education facilities. Visits also will be made to K-12 settings, as well as to cultural and natural sites.

The focus of the trip, from June 15-28, is to bring attention to American Indian college students and tribal colleges that so often are footnotes in publications and get little attention in higher education scholarship, said Melinda Richardson, assistant director of the CSHPE. Inequity in resources and lack of learning opportunities have been recognized as serious and persistent problems that are common on American Indian reservations where most tribal colleges are located.

Interactions with educators and community members on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations in South Dakota will help inform understanding of the challenges faced by students at tribal colleges. Visits to public, four-year universities will enable U-M students to learn about the successes and shortcomings of support programs in place for American Indian students and alumni. Visits to natural and cultural sites will enhance the appreciation of American Indian (specifically Lakota) heritage, and increase understanding of respectful engagement with indigenous peoples relating to museum exhibits, repatriation of remains, land conservation and usage, etc.

Students from across the University of Michigan are welcome to join the study group.

For information and to learn how to participate, email Melinda Richardson at

Melinda Richardson is Managing Director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education

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