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Social justice, Service learning, Cultural pluralism, Indigenous peoples -- Education -- Social aspects, Elders (Indigenous leaders), Intergenerational communication, Belonging (Social psychology), Inclusive education


This event was a Zoom meeting, a "pre-summit" to start conversations that will take place at the first Native Summit set for Spring 2023. The main file is the event description, and the supplemental files include 5 pictorial summaries of the output.

Long overdue, Portland State University is on a journey to becoming an Indigenous affirming institution, a place with authentic relationships and partnerships with the nations/tribes in our area and a place that invites and, is supportive of, Native students who graduate at equitable rates, equipped to advance their communities and the world.

Part of the Tribal relations work and an important part of PSU’s journey involves relationship building and deep listening with tribes. To this end, we wish to host our first Native summit in the Spring of 2023. In advance of this process, we would like to start the conversation with critical leaders from the Native Community at a virtual roundtable that will inform the summit and our work by dreaming of a thriving future, helping design the summit, and sharing insights into their current priorities in the areas of education, workforce, and economic development. These initial insights will be shared at the MACRO Convening of BIPOC communities, funders, civic, and governmental agencies in November, and will form the basis of the summit agenda.

These efforts include the Indigenous Traditional and Ecological Knowledge work led by Judy Bluehorse Skelton, the Indigenous Nations studies program, the Native American student and community center, which is celebrating its 20 year anniversary and strong student organizations who put on the annual pow wow.

As a regional serving institute, the Institute for Tribal Government at PSU has deep expertise, connections and experience and is well positioned to support Portland State University in its efforts. ITG is currently leading a process that will provide recommendations to support the establishment of a tribal relations program, and provides capacity building opportunities such as the certificate for tribal relations to assist PSU and other leaders in engaging meaningfully and respectfully with tribes and understanding an indigenous worldview.

Related Materials:

Five affinity-based convenings:

"Time to Act" Events:
The Future and Thriving of BIPOC Communities: A Time to Act Macroconvening
(Affinity groups met in-person November 2022)

Time 2 Act: Continuing Action for a Just and Equitable PSU
(Video - Winter Symposium 2021)

Time to Act: Envisioning and Creating a Just and Equitable PSU
(Video - Virtual Equity Summit, October 30, 2020)

Equity Plan:
Time to Act: Plan for Equity & Racial Justice 2021 - 2024 (PDF - Report, 2021)

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