February 2, 2016
Board members from the Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth (NAAAD) recently attended the Club and Affiliated Group Officers Weekend (CAGOW) to receive training, to plan for future NAAAD events, to hear updates regarding campus activities, to network with other Affiliated Groups and Clubs and to spend time with current Native American students. Rachel Froman Bettencourt ‘82, Sonya Frisina ’89, Maxine Mauricio ’93, Terra Branson ’10, and Christopher Chavis ’12, Board members attending CAGOW on behalf of NAAAD, spent the weekend developing new ideas and returned energized to continue to improve our Alumni network.
Hoping to start the new year off right, the NAAAD Board would like to provide updates from CAGOW.
Current NAD Students
NAAAD Co-Presidents, Maxine and Terra, kicked off the weekend meeting with NAD students for breakfast at Lou’s. Over coffee, waffles and eggs, students shared their plans for the term and the overall climate at Dartmouth. Even though Fall Term was difficult for affinity groups on campus, including NAD, students seem to be thriving. They are coordinating programming with the Native American Program (NAP) Interim Director and Assistant Director, beginning their plans for Pow-Wow and collaborating with student organizations around campus to provide social and educational programming.
NAAAD Co-Presidents also joined students and Lynn White Cloud, Assistant Director of the Guarini Institute of International Education at Dartmouth, at “Baking and Bonding” at the Native American House on Friday afternoon. “Baking and Bonding” was well attended and the discussions ranged from career advice to extending the Dartmouth experience beyond Hanover.
In a meeting with Stephen Abbott, NAAAD learned that despite disruptions to the NAP and national media attention, Native American Early Decision applications and acceptances increased this fall. Additionally, it appears that applications for Native Students in the regular decisions pool have also increased.
There continues to be support to recruit Native American students to Dartmouth and the interest of Native Students in the College also continues to increase.
Vice Provost Ameer meet ith the NAAAD Co-Presidents and provided an update during a CAGOW general session. The Vice Provost shared her strategy to continue to support the NAP and NAD students so that they can academically and socially thrive on and off campus. She also provided aggregated data that illustrated NAD students are on a very positive trend academically with overall decreases in academic actions by the College and increasing GPA among all NAD students. The Vice Provost indicated that she, the NAP, and the Native American Council regularly communicate and believe the environment on campus has stabilized under the current arrangements. NAAAD leadership remain diligent in providing feedback and ideas regarding how our network can support current students and the College.
CALL TO ACTION
Many ideas generated at CAGOW will necessitate alumni to engage with each other, the College, and most importantly students. We need your help to make 2016 a success.
- Board Membership
See more about becoming a Board Member here.
If you are interested in hosting or assisting with an event in Los Angeles, Oklahoma, or the Southwest, please contact Terra Branson.
NAD has requested the Alumni become a sponsor for the upcoming Pow-Wow May 7-8, 2016. We will host a fundraiser to support the Pow-Wow and could use a few volunteers to get out the word.
- Student Career Support
There are a number of ways Alumni can support current students through internships, mentorship, and general career advice. However, the first step is helping them find you. Please use this linkto update your information in the Dartmouth Alumni Directory this information is directly updated in the Dartmouth Alumni Career Network, which helps students find Alumni who work in a particular field or geographic area.
If you or your organization has a job or internship opportunity to share with NAD students, please send those announcements to the chairpersons of NAAAD’s Mentor/Internship Committee: Alejandro Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rose Clark email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued commitment to improve the Dartmouth experience for NAD and to build the extensive Native American alumni network. We appreciate the opportunity to hear from and work with you in 2016.
NAAAD Board Members