Tribal Colleges and Universities

(All Listed Session Times are ET)

Wednesday, February 17

1:30 – 2:30 PM EST
Engaging and Supporting Faculty Driven Student Success Efforts  
This program will explore ways to engage TCU faculty with student success data. What kind of data can empower faculty to develop strategies to support students? What can leadership do to support faculty efforts? What strategies have colleges found that increase course persistence and success? This session will address these questions and include a presentation from an ATD Network College around the stages of engaging faculty implemented strategies that can improve student grades and completion rates.
Cindy Lopez, Achieving the Dream
Vasti Torres, Achieving the Dream Coach
Samantha Cameron, Bay Mills Community College
Jan Miller, Bay Mills Community College
Donald Wood, Odessa College

Managing Emergency Aid and Paid Internship Programs Amidst a Pandemic
This session features a panel of tribal college practitioners and how they supported their students, pivoted, and continued to manage the Project Success Emergency Aid and Paid Internship programs to not only serve their students but to do so in extreme times. This will include elements on how to manage and utilize Emergency Aid funds and the different practices that were applied to continue and create partnerships for the Paid Internship program; all of which focuses on the success and challenges faced during these unprecedented times.
Arielle Endres, Ascendium Education Group
Bo Doney, Ascendium Education Group
Connie Sheehan, United Tribes Technical College
Dan Durglo, Salish Kootenai College
Reeverson Descheny, Diné College
Wes Wilson, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College

3:30 – 4:00 PM EST
Making Math Relevant: Centering Students at TCUs  
In this session, learn how a team of TCU educators are working collaboratively with the Carnegie Math Pathways to adapt lessons and instructional resources to better meet the needs of their students, in part by reflecting and representing Native experiences and cultures. TCU faculty will share details on the process of reviewing and reimagining math problem contexts to revise and create new lessons that authentically connect the math to their students’ lives. Participants will have the opportunity to walk through and give input on a sample lesson. Attendees will also engage in group discussion on the proposed evaluation plan to understand the impact of these lessons on student cultural knowledge and engagement.

Lisa Savcak, Carnegie Math Pathways
Paul Verschueren, Seattle Central College
Karen Colbert, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwe Community College
Heather Bleeker, Salish Kootenai College
Jeffrey Jones, Red Lake Nation College

Thursday, February 18 

1:45 – 2:45 PM EST
Mental Health Matters: Implementing Strategies for Prevention, Wellness, and Counseling on Campus
Across the country, mental health needs were already rising before the collective and personal trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasingly volatile racial division in America. Currently, colleges are seeing unprecedented needs as students deal with stay-at-home orders, caretaking, and loss. In this session, we will discuss strategies to provide mental health support, and ways to shift these services to a more holistic focus on mind and body, wellness, and prevention, in addition to counseling services. Two of our Network Colleges, Institute for American Indian Arts and Rowan College South Jersey- Cumberland, will share their current service models and some of the strategies they use to build support across the college and reach students.
Eliza Combs, Institute of American Indian Arts,
Madge Duus, Institute of American Indian Arts
Mila Anguluan, Institute of American Indian Arts

Striving for Success-NHSC First Year 
This session will provide participants with detailed knowledge about NHS College's virtual first year experience course for new and transfer students at NHSC. This course combines orientation to the college as well as strategies for successful learning at the college level. Participants will be able to design and carryout a virtual first year experience course and receive a “how to” guide to help them build their virtual course and orientation.
Jennifer Janecek-Hartman, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC)
Deanna Rainbow, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC)

TCU Pedagogy and Practice for Student Success  
This session will showcase the work of Tribal College and Universities that are supporting faculty in strengthening instructional practice for student success. Presenters will describe their work to implement key evidence-based pedagogies and other promising practices to improve student learning. Attendees will engage in facilitated activities to identify practices that could be particularly effective in their courses and initiate a plan to test these new approaches.
Jeremy Vu, Oglala Lakota College
Erik Kovkren, Turtle Mountain Community College
Susan Adams, Achieving the Dream

3:00 – 3:30 PM EST
Wildly Important Goals: A Football Analogy for Illustrating and Empowering a 100% Goal 
Team Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College” (LCOOC) will provide a demonstration of its brazenly-established "Wildly Important Goal" of 100% Retention, Persistence & Completion. The institution's strategic enrollment management plan or "Play Book" creates a powerful football visual for everyone on the "team" to understand and engage in the "game" of increased retention, persistence and completion outcomes. A "scoreboard" football field illustrates the institution's progress and engages the "team" in its work to accomplish its 100% WIG.
Karen Breit, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC)
Odawa White, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC)
Lisa Munive, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC)
Stephanie St. Germaine, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC)

TCU DREAM 2021 Convening 
Friday, February 19, 2021 

1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Institutional Transformation in the Time of COVID and Influencing White Mindsets

During this year’s TCU DREAM convening, participants will hear from ATD’s President and CEO regarding what ATD has learned from its Network and the field about how higher education is transforming as a result of the pandemic and how ATD is addressing the systemic racism that has become even more evident with the crisis. DREAM plenary speaker and renowned author, David Treuer, will speak about his experience with changing the narrative about Native American life in his classrooms. Participants will also hear from TCU colleagues regarding important changes their colleges have made during the pandemic that will be institutionalized, changes in processes and/or policies they have made as part of their student success work with ATD, and important DREAM takeaways for their work moving forward


Karen A. Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream
David Treuer, Pushcart Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling Author
Cindy Lopez, Executive Director, Network Engagement, Achieving the Dream
Beth Ericckson, Ascendium Education Group
Alina Randall, Achieving the Dream
Arielle Endres, Ascendium Education Group
Bo Doney, Ascendium Education Group
Brenda Knutson, Ascendium Education Group

Multiple TCUs



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