Student Congress Develops Initiative

May 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 9-4: Pre- K-12 Education, Tribal College News

Leadership and the power to change are key concepts inherent in a special project being implemented by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Congress. With funding from the Kellogg Foundation as a part of its “Capturing the Dream Initiative,” the Student Congress project will expand the leadership options for students at all tribal colleges. Over the next four years, the AIHEC Student Congress plans to establish a summer leadership institute, create an alumni network, and produce training manuals and seminars relevant to tribal communities. Under the initiative, the Student Congress members will create community action plans, carry out a yearly national theme effort, establish collaborative relationships with other national organizations, and host an annual, student-designed national training conference. Kellogg funding for the initiative will total over $400,000, also enabling the Student Congress to build up an endowment to ensure longevity and stability.

Established in 1986, the AIHEC Student Congress provides opportunities for leadership development, education advocacy, and intercollegiate student competitions. The group has an ex-officio position on the AIHEC board of directors. The Student Congress also coordinates planning for workshops and activities during the annual AIHEC conference. For more information contact Student Congress advisor Dana Grant at Salish Kootenai College, P.O. Box 117, Pablo, Mont. 59855.

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