What if ALL students could feel safe in their college setting?
When I became involved in a month-long program studying Indigenous art, literature, and culture, where most texts read and scholars brought in were non-Native (mostly white male), and where a scholar claimed a young Haida man didn't know his own culture's art unless he studied it at a university, I saw my calling very clearly: change the education system from the inside. This is erasure at a deep level that will take time to illuminate and to change for the better--and not just for Indigenous issues. Quick fixes and band-aids will not work. I believe strongly that we can all work together to better communicate and collaborate on how to reconfigure general education individually for each institution. Large, general changes to higher education will implement structures which will only work for some universities, but NOT all. I offer consulting services that look carefully at your institution's inner workings, long-term goals, and student population with students of difference in mind. Being a Native female scholar, I offer a perspective from a group that has been harmed and traumatized by the education systems and whom seeks healing practices in such settings. I work honestly, and I will challenge your institution to uncover deep issues, while also offering solutions.
My critical article, "There Is No Question of American Indian Genocide" considers the implications of systems which erase people of difference. My critical monograph is working through how we better educational institutions to not simply check a "diversity" box, but to fully engage all programming with issues of difference. I use the Good Mind to restructure education through knowledge and relationship building--ways which offer stronger and safer spaces for students of difference.
To hire me as a consultant for one day to two day workshops for staff and upper level positions or for a full, critical investigation of some sector of the institution, please contact me at the below form. Please be sure to include your name, title, institution, e-mail, phone number, and level of interest in my services. I prefer phone calls first. I will send a list of costs and services once in contact.