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Join special guest speaker Amanda Tachine (Diné), professor in Educational Leadership & Innovation at Arizona State University and author of Native Presence and Sovereignty in College on Friday, December 1 at 12PM in Warren Hall 151 or via Zoom. The book holds lessons for youth and educators on the educational paths of Native students and specifically the journeys of 10 Diné students in their first year of college.

Tachine asks, “What if institutions measured success based on how the Native communities measure success?”

In her book she writes:

“scholars and leaders often indicate that economic gain is a leading motivation for students to go to college. That may be the case for some. Yet for most students, their driving purpose for attending college was largely for the good of others and to take care of their homelands. Relationships matter. …Caring for others is the foundational for a collective sense of justice. In essence, students were aware of the difficult conditions plaguing them, their family, and their society.  …they were motivated by leadership intentions for the advancement of their community. They looked beyond themselves and thought of ways to move forward for others.”

“…the third monster, the failure monster, prominently appeared as the 10 students began their first year of college. …the failure monster began when the settlers stamped us as failures and the system still applies that failure stamp with a heavy hand. The failure monster is a close partner to the financial hardship monster and the deficit (not enough) monster. Monsters are related and work together to question, disenfranchise, and oppress Native peoples.”

Dr. Amanda R. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water) born for Tł’ízí łání (Many Goats). She is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Innovation at Arizona State University. Amanda’s research explores the relationship between systemic and structural histories of settler colonialism and the ongoing erasure of Indigenous presence and belonging in college settings using qualitative Indigenous methodologies. She is the author of the award-winning book, Native Presence and Sovereignty in College: Sustaining Indigenous Weapons to Defeat Systemic Monsters and co-editor (alongside the lovely Z Nicolazzo) of Weaving an Otherwise: In-relations Methodological Practice. She has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and other scholarly outlets. She also has published thought pieces in the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, The Hill, Teen Vogue, Indian Country Today, Inside Higher Ed, and Navajo Times where she advances ideas regarding discriminatory actions, educational policies, and inspirational movements. 

Date & Time

December 1, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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