NASAI National Conference To Be Held June 6-7


Hopi tribal citizen Diane Humetewa becomes first American Indian woman to serve on federal bench

Hopi tribal citizen Diane Humetewa is the first American Indian woman to serve on federal bench

Published June 1, 2016

TEMPE, ARIZONA – The College Board will host its annual Native American Student Advocacy Institute (NASAI) National Conference at Arizona State University on June 6-7, 2016 in the ASU Memorial Union. The conference assembles education professionals from throughout the nation to share strategies and best practices that have helped American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students achieve academic excellence.

ASU President Michael Crow will address the conference on June 7, the second day of the gathering. Other speakers include the Honorable Diane Humetewa, United States District Judge of Arizona; Shana Brown, Teacher, Author, Curriculum Designer; Dr. Amanda R. Tachine with the ASU Center for Indian Education, are among the highlighted speakers.

“This is a wonderful group of speakers, with an opportunity for us to learn from them and our colleagues who are presenting. ASU is honored to host this important convening of thought leaders from across Indian Country to address the important issues facing Indigenous students,” said Bryan Brayboy, Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Initiatives at ASU.

Conference participants will form new connections and collaborate with colleagues from throughout the nation. Educational professionals such as teachers, school counselors, college admission and outreach coordinators, K-12 and higher education administrators, community leaders, tribal education leaders, and parent engagement coordinators are expected to attend the two-day conference.

Below is a sampling of the conference offerings:

  • Creating Your Own Pathways to Success
  • Financial Aid Just Got Easier: Helping Students Get Their Piece of the Pie
  • Teaching Teachers To Teach From A Native Lens
  • Assisting Native American Students in the Transfer to a 4-Year University
  • Leading the Way to American Indian Student Development
  • Improving Outcomes Using K–12 Educator and Student Data from the SAT Suite
  • Learning from Each Other – College Board and NASI’s First Year

NASAI is sponsored by the College Board, a national non-profit organization devoted to connecting students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success. Registration details, session and other conference information can be found at

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