Mentoring the Next Generation of Indigenous Geographers

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group, Graduate Student Affinity Group, Careers and Professional Development
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Jay Johnson, Paulette Blanchard, Deondre Smiles
Chairs: Jay Johnson


Over the past decade, the number of doctorates completed by every ethnic group in the United States has steadily increased except one, American Indian and Alaskan Natives. In fact, the total number of American Indian and Alaskan Native doctorates completed has not increased, barely exceeding 100 per year. A recent workshop held at Haskell Indian Nations University sought to better understand why Indigenous students in the US are not pursuing and completing advanced degrees, exploring a variety of strategies to address the potential challenges Indigenous students face. Issues related to preparation at the undergraduate level, mentoring by Native and non-Native faculty, peer-mentoring, and the role of university ‘gate-keepers’ were all explored. For this call, we seek panelists who can address the challenges and strategies for mentoring the next generation of Indigenous geographers. We especially seek panelists who have a vision for expanding Indigenous participation within the discipline, including current geography graduate students.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Jay Johnson University of Kansas 20
Panelist Deondre Smiles The Ohio State University Department of Geography 15
Panelist Paulette Blanchard University of Kansas 15
Panelist Miguel Sioui 15
Panelist Jamie McEvoy Montana State University 15
Panelist Katie Big-Canoe Western University 15

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