The Power and Place Symposium is a two-day pre-conference that will explore issues related to orientation, transition, retention, and other topics that impact the participation of Indigenous higher education communities. The symposium will include a keynote presentation, moderated sessions, and community reflection, all centered in the seminal text Power and Place: Indian Education in America, co-authored by the late Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) and current Haskell Indian Nations University faculty member Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma).
The Symposium was originally designed as a one-day immersive professional development opportunity at Haskell Indian Nations University (Haskell), one of 37 tribal college and university (TCU) settings in the United States. The Symposium has been reimagined in a virtual format to explore the depths of identities through the education, development, and leadership experiences of Haskell alumni, students, staff, and faculty.
- Reflect on the role of place in the education and development experiences of Indigenous higher education communities
- Expand student affairs practitioner-educator knowledge about orientation, transition, and retention experiences of Indigenous students and college culture at a TCU
- Understand the significance and lessons of TCUs to Indigenous student success at non-Native colleges and universities
- Gain awareness of and appreciation for Indigenous perspectives of higher education
We are proud to offer this inaugural symposium free of charge with the cost of registering for the NASPA Annual Conference. Registration will be capped at 500 participants.
If you are affiliated with a Tribal College or University (students or employees), please contact Monica Nixon (email@example.com) before registering to receive a coupon code for additional cost savings.
- Access the registration link from the NASPA Conference website.
- Choose registration type: Attendee
- Choose sessions:
- 2021 NASPA Annual Conference Registration
- 2021 NASPA Power & Place: Indigenous Worldviews of Higher Education Symposium
- Be sure to make a selection for every day
- Customize the experience with your personal information.
- TCU-affiliated participants should use the coupon code on the final screen when checking out.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please don't hesitate to contact us at ACreg@naspa.org.
Meet Our Co-Directors
Charlotte E. Davidson is Diné and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara). With respect to kinship relations, she is of the Tó'aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together People), born for the Waterbuster People. Her maternal grandfather’s (Kee Horseherder Yazzie) clan is Kinłichíi’nii (Red House People) and her paternal grandfather’s (Ernest Wilkinson) clan is the Flint Knife People. In NASPA, Charlotte serves as the association’s Indigenous Relations Advisor, national co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community, the co-principal advisor of Indigenous Engagement for the Kansas City Experience Committee, guest editor of the 2021 winter issue of the NASPA Leadership Exchange Magazine, and is a member of the 2019-2022 NASPA SERVE (Supporting, Expanding, and Recruiting, Volunteer Excellence) Academy cohort. Dr. Davidson is a proud alumna of Haskell Indian Nations University, where she received her B.A. in American Indian Studies. She also earned an Ed.M. and Ph.D., respectively, in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has presented nationally on Indigenous higher education and has written and co-authored chapters in Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education; Indigenous Leadership in Higher Education; Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Higher Education; and A Better Future: The Role of Higher Education for Displaced and Marginalised People.
Carlos Guillen was raised in Northern New Mexico and earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. As the Associate Director of First Year Programs at the University of Washington in Seattle, Carlos provides leadership to a department charged with the successful transition of over 9,000 first-year students. In his role as NASPA’s Equity Inclusion and Social Justice coordinator for the Orientation, Transition, and Retention Knowledge Community (OTR KC), Carlos works with OTR professionals across the association to promote racial equity resources and professional development opportunities through the KC. In addition to his work with first-year students and racial equity, Carlos’ draws on over 10 years of professional experience in higher education which includes curriculum development, parent and family programs, bias incident response, online/distance learning, and assessment.
Dr. Brett Bruner, Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Judith Estrada, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Freda Gipp (Apache/Comanche), Haskell Indian Nations University
Shana Harming (Kul Wicasa Oyate), South Dakota State University
Tiffany Kelli (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), Colorado State University
Kimberlie Moock, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Dr. Monica Nixon, NASPA
Byron Tsabetsaye (Diné/Zuni Pueblo), San Juan College