Ora Marek-Martinez understands the need for Indigenous students to find community in order for them to reach their full potential in college. Marek-Martinez, who is of the Diné, Nez Perce and Hopi tribes, felt lost more than once while a student at NAU. As executive director of the Native American Cultural Center, her role is to create a place where the students… Read more
Taylor Antone, a 2021 SBS graduate (BFA, Visual Communication), has received a 2021 LIFT grant. The LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program provides invaluable support to early career Native artists with one-year awards to develop and realize new projects. LIFT encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability and foster communal meaning making. Antone’s… Read more
The mission of the Institute of Human Development at NAU is to enhance access to all aspects of the human experience for individuals with disabilities. A $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education is helping build on that mission for Americans who live on tribal lands.
The grant, a five-year cooperative agreement with the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, allows IHD to continue the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC).… Read more
Alex Alvarez, a professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice department discusses how climate change can amplify intolerance and persecution and facilitate violent conflict, including war and genocide. Alvarez studies collective and interpersonal violence. From 2001 until 2003 he was the founding director of the Martin-Springer Institute for Teaching the Holocaust, Tolerance, and Humanitarian Values. His latest book, Unstable Ground: Climate Change, Conflict, and Genocide, looks at the human impact of climate change and its potential to provoke ethnic conflict, war… Read more
Karen Jarratt-Snider, professor and chair of the Applied Indigenous Studies Department, joined Terry Rambler (chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe) and Kristen Carpenter (director, American Indian Law Program, University of Colorado) on NPR’s 1A to discuss the sacred, religious site of Oak Flat, its importance to the San Carlos Apache and how this case informs indigenous religious freedom. Learn more and listen to the interview
Bill Carter is the recipient of the School of Communication’s 2021 Donna Henrichs Teaching Award. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates teaching excellence through the use of innovative pedagogy, innovative student-centered classroom experiences and student mentoring activities. Carter, an associate professor of practice, teaches creative media and film production as well as UTV classes. He connects with students in a way that helps ignite that spark of curiosity for learning and his students appreciate his hands-on… Read more