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Current Issue: September 16, 2002
Volume 38, Number 5

Native American student support focus of project

A new National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education (NINLHE) project is designed to have students gather information about how to improve Native American student support at higher education institutions.

The project is funded by a $75,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. NINLHE, formed in 1993, is a non-profit organization headquartered at UNM.

“Among Native Americans, drop-out rates at each stage of the formal education process are unacceptably high,” said Dr. Colleen Larimore, executive director of NINLHE.

Native American students who are college juniors, seniors, master’s or doctoral-level students with a stated interest in pursuing careers in native higher education are eligible to apply to participate.

Participants will be paired with mentor professionals in the field of native higher education. Students will receive funding to complete information-gathering projects with their mentors and present their findings at NINLHE’s annual summer institute. They will also have the opportunity to publish a paper on the project’s overall findings and to travel to a national education conference with their mentors to explore career and graduate school opportunities.

“NINLHE is dedicated to changing higher education in ways that allow native students to achieve their academic goals while strengthening their cultural identities,” said Augustine McCaffery, chair of NINLHE’s national governing board.

McCaffery added, “This new project will enable NINLHE to incorporate student perspectives into our efforts to improve educational access and outcomes for Native people on campuses throughout the country.”