A formal pathway to the Native American community outside of Marquette University will be bridged by a newly formed Council on Native American Affairs. Members are Native American alumni and community members from diverse professional backgrounds, but who have in common a deep and personal understanding of challenges facing Native American students in higher education environments. The past experiences of council members in their own educational journeys will help richly inform the development of support mechanisms for our current Native student body and those we hope will come to Marquette University.
The council builds off of Marquette’s previous work supporting Native American students. In spring of 2016, Marquette announced the Josiah A. Powless Scholarship – a fund that will assist Native American students and other underrepresented minorities afford tuition. In an interview with Milwaukee Public Radio last year, Provost Dan Myers noted that the university is “Sending a message to the world that we care about having these students on our campus,” Myers said. “We know that they’re going to enrich our environment.”
The council will help guide Marquette on cultural and academic programming, policy, student services, Milwaukee Indian community and tribal engagement, as well as research initiatives as it pertains to Native American communities. For more information, contact Jacqueline Schram, director of Public Affairs and special assistant for Native American Affairs in the Office of Public Affairs.
The members of the council are:
|Andrew M. Parker||Oneida|
|Dr. Renee Pfaller||Oneida|
|Dr. Mark Powless||Oneida|
|Mark W. Powless||Oneida|
|Jo Ann Schedler||Stockbridge-Munsee|
|*Amy Tromp||Will serve as the Indian Community School alternate|