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Wednesday, October 23 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Engage, Empower, and Educate: How the University of Central Oklahoma's Native American Success Initiative Transforms the Lives of Marginalized Students

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In 2017, the University of Central Oklahoma launched the Native American Success Initiative (NASI), a retention initiative designed to address the academic, social, cultural, and psychological needs of first year students who identify as Native American. This program was created to positively impact the national narrative that while 28% of Americans graduate from college, just 10% of Native Americans attain a bachelor’s degree.

The purpose of this presentation is to explore the foundational core of NASI which includes intentionally designed curricular, social, and mentor programming focused on cultivating each student’s sense of belonging on campus. Additionally, this presentation will explore the regimented methodology used to engage, educate, and empower NASI students as they persist to graduation.

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Dene Roseburr-Olotu

Assistant Director, Diversity Retention, University of Central Oklahoma
Dene Roseburr-Olotu is the Assistant Director for Diversity Retention at the University of Central Oklahoma. She also serves as the CEO of Mindnificent Reach, Inc., a non-profit organization that works directly with high need students, from traditionally impoverished backgrounds... Read More →

Timothy Petete

Associate Professor of English, University of Central Oklahoma

Wednesday October 23, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am EDT