The 'Educated Native': A Personal Journey Through the American Education System

Dr. Nichole Prescott, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Texas System), currently takes a lead role in implementing the Texas Prospect Initiative, which is designed to strengthen the PK-20 pipeline and enhance college readiness with a focus on underserved minority populations. But as a Myaamia (Native American), as a woman, and as a first-generation college student, Prescott’s educational and professional success was not a foregone conclusion. In this talk, she embeds the story of her own educational experiences in a broader discussion about the historically tumultuous relationship that Native Americans have had with the hegemonic, mono-cultural approach to education in America. As a tool of colonization and assimilation, education has been used to inflict cultural violence on Native peoples in the past (some would argue that it continues to do so). Yet this talk suggests that it may now hold the key to economic self-sufficiency and empowerment today.

Compelled by her akima (chief) to go to graduate school in 1998, Prescott set off on an educational journey that combined traditional cultural and mainstream education. This journey would empower her relationship to her culture, awaken her activism for social justice, and equip her with the tools to address the systemic damage done to underserved communities.


Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration with the Department of History


Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time: 11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m. (Common Hour)

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018





Cultural Center Theater - Leo A. Guthart
Guthart Cultural Center Theater
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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