Tag: Indigenous

BIPOC with a specific focus on indigenous individuals. Native, Native American, First Peoples, American Indian, AISES

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Horrific Discovery and Warning: academic pursuits should be ethical and informed by federal laws concerning Indigenous peoples

There are many reasons to be sensitive to and acknowledge diverse experiences, values, beliefs, and ways of being. Our team works to highlight some reasons in the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.  However, occasionally situations come to our attention that we had not thought about previously.  The 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) requires institutions with federal funding not only to catalog their Indigenous collections, but to take steps to return them to the appropriate tribal nation communities. This NBC News article {https://apple.news/A5P82kqRFReyBdUB_Ux062g} about a discovery at University of North Dakota serves as a warning that academic pursuits should be informed by federal laws concerning Indigenous peoples.

Further, past and present research activity should demonstrate respect and consideration for the people who are affected by those activities.  In situations like these, transparency and sensitivity should extend to the community the university is part of and to communities that academics are engaged with in research activities.  When we investigate or discover this hasn’t happened in the past, we should take immediate steps to rectify the situation to the best of our abilities.  For example, Michigan Tech scholars are increasingly educating themselves how to be more inclusive and equitable in research, and partnering to be more collaborative with Indigenous communities and the Ojibwa homelands of the Keweenaw and beyond.  

Today’s feature was shared with us by the ADVANCE Team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.

ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Supporting Indigenous Students

As we work to diversify our student body, we need to reflect and adapt commonplace practices to be inclusive of the needs of students from different backgrounds. Today’s Roundup features a study of stresses related to self-beliefs, ethnic identity, and cultural congruency experienced by Native American undergraduates and how we might adapt to better support these students.  Among the changes suggested to better support these students are increased access to advising, mentoring by older students, and encouraging joining clubs and other social groups. In the classroom, we can support Native American students by creating improved cultural understanding, a collaborative learning environment, and a communal rather than competitive environment in which students are evaluated on information mastery rather than relative grading dependent upon peer performance. This shift to a “learning community” benefits all students and reduces feelings of isolation and stress, which leads to better outcomes for everyone.

Today’s feature was shared with us by ADVANCE PI Team. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.

June 26, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has demanded action to address systemic racism. This is an inclusive demand; it means that we need to bring the voices of all oppressed people to the table. This week, for our ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, we’re featuring an article that highlights the desire for indigenous voices to be heard and included in the anti-racism talks that are ongoing in the wake of continued resistance to the status quo. With Native representation in academic faculty even lower than black representation and our regional demographics, we feel these conversations and proactive inclusion activities are important. 

https://www.voanews.com/usa/nation-turmoil-george-floyd-protests/native-americans-want-be-included-race-talks?fbclid=IwAR0O-Kn22LPe3a-06G-Fzd9v9u1DvhYHa_cvnjvvbwElCJvJoJZoI6iYh0o

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).