Gary “Litefoot” Davis
Native American Heritage Month Event
Published November 7, 2017
NEW YORK – On Sunday, November 12, from 11am-4pm EST online, American Indian professionals, along with faculty and staff of Fordham University at Lincoln Center, will honor Native American Heritage Month. This unique event will offer career development advice and information on job training grants in different professions every half hour to young American Indians across urban, suburban areas and tribal nations.
The free online and in-house event at Fordham School of Law is intended to attract high school students and young adults from American Indian communities who are interested in attending college or advancing their careers in various professions. Registration is available via GoNativeFordham.com to receive a link to a live stream.
“The idea was conceived of to respond to a strong need to connect young people in these communities to experts who can help offset the reported 70 percent high school drop-out rate and less than one percent enrollment rate at most universities,” says Melissa Cornick, of the Board of Advisors at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and former award winning television producer for 60 Minutes, 20/20 and Dateline who created this original career streaming event concept.
“We are excited to speak with participants,” says Fordham University’s Joel de Andrade, Assistant Director of STEP and C-STEP programs at Fordham. The programs support under-represented groups to pursue careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. Carlyle Begay, Navajo and former Arizona State Senator specializes in health policy and will provide steps for health management careers. Other speakers include award winning rap artist and actor, Gary “Litefoot” Davis, who is Chichimeca and Jody A. Cummings, Lumbee, and DC-based lawyer for tribal environmental rights. Professors of engineering, STEM, entrepreneurism, performance arts will join more top Native experts with guidance.
Local participants will also speak and register to attend the screening of the live stream event which commences at 10:30am at Fordham School of Law, 150 West 62nd Street at Lincoln Center. Refreshments will be served. Register at GoNativeFordham.com. The event is co-sponsored by Fordham’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.