- By Neely Bardwell
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), recently identified as the nation’s most diverse university for undergraduates, is hosting leaders from tribal colleges and universities from across the nation at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) annual summer meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting will take place July 13-15th.
Presidents from all 35 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) make up the Board of Directors for the AIHEC. This is the group's first formal gathering in Las Vegas.
“We are honored to share our campus with the AIHEC for its summer meeting,” said UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield in a statement. “For 50 years, the AIHEC and its member institutions have been dedicated to lifting up sovereign nations through education. This meeting celebrates their inspiring legacy and provides the opportunity to explore potential partnerships that could both advance tribal education and also strengthen our support for UNLV’s Native students, staff, and faculty.”
One of the goals of UNLV has been to increase the support and resources for underserved student groups, including Native students. To continue to improve the resources for Native students, the AIHEC is providing the TCU Presidents and leaders of UNLV a chance to discuss shared interests in research and potential future collaborative projects.
“It is imperative we work with the nation’s tribes to refine the goals, scope and format of our Tribal Education Initiative to make sure the university is addressing the unique educational needs of tribal communities,” said Stowe Shoemaker, Harrah College of Hospitality Dean in a statement.
AIHEC is also hosting an annual student affairs meeting July 24 at Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Montana, where Shoemaker will be meeting with TCU representatives to talk about recruitment, curriculum development and enrollment.
More Stories Like ThisFull Tuition Native American Basketball Invitational Scholarship Offered at University of Phoenix
Haskell Indian Nations University Receives $20 Million for Indigenous Science Hub
Portland State University Offers In-State Tuition for all Enrolled Members of Federally Recognized Tribes
New Apprenticeship Opportunity for Indigenous Students in California
How a Recent Supreme Court Decision Derailed a Native Student Journalist’s Free-Speech Lawsuit
Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news?
For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.
Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked. Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10. Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news.
Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you.