Join us for a virtual Day of Dialogue comprised of roundtable conversations between students, educators, and alumni from Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions that began as Native American boarding schools. Speakers will discuss a range of topics and interactive audience participation is encouraged. The goal is to serve the best interests of our students. All sessions are free and open to the public.
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In 2018, FLC received a Mellon Foundation grant to bring scholars of Native American and Indigenous Studies to campus, foster additional undergraduate research in the humanities, and facilitate the expanded use of inclusive pedagogies. As an institution grounded in liberal arts education, Fort Lewis College believes the work supported by the grant aligns with our core values, and the program is having a positive impact on the education of our students. The grant facilitates a collaborative educational environment across our campus as we work towards reinforcing our efforts to infuse diversity and inclusion in our curriculum and institutional life. More importantly, it places us in a better position to serve the diverse student body at FLC.
In 2019, Fort Lewis College President Tom Stritikus also established a Committee on FLC History to examine our origins as a Native American Boarding School. A key question was how understanding and recognition of that past should inform our present and future.
Joining us in conversation will be faculty, staff, and students from the University of Minnesota Morris, an institution that shares our unique history. University of Minnesota Morris, also a COPLAC institution and NASNTI institution, began as a Native American boarding school as did Fort Lewis College. Our hope for these conversations is to build a more diverse and inclusive program of study for our students. Many eyes make for a stronger vision, and many voices tell a stronger story.