NTU’s Guy invited to White HouseJan 20th, 2014 | By dvandever | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
On January 16, 2014, Navajo Technical University (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) president, Dr. Elmer J. Guy, attended a special White House event in Washington, DC on increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students. The summit began with remarks from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. After each address, Dr. Guy and the 85 other college and university officials in attendance broke into work sessions to develop ideas and strategies to serve low-income students.
Of the 85 representatives, Dr. Guy was the only representative from a tribal college or university (TCU) in attendance. “They wanted input from colleges and universities in increasing access to low income students and helping them graduate, and I told them that if you want to make an impact, minority serving institutions will deliver,“ explained Guy. “It was good to be invited because they’re recognizing our presence,” continued Guy. “It helped remind people that we do have Native communities and a lot of our students come from low-income households.”
With his participation, Dr. Guy stated that he would like to use his experience to improve NTU’s commitment to serve disadvantaged students and to branch out and work with other TCUs to tackle the problem. “I made a commitment to increase enrollment among low-income students, as well as enrollment in the STEM fields at our institution by 25 percent,” Guy said. “I also told the coordinator of the event that we’d be glad to host an additional meeting that focused on Native American students by including all of the other tribal colleges and universities and their respective leaders.”