Blackfeet Board Creates Its First Faculty Senate

May 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-4: Success by Accountability and Assessment, Tribal College News

The Board of Trustees of the Blackfeet Community College on Jan. 16, 2008, approved the formation of the college’s first Faculty Senate, as recommended by President John Salois (Blackfeet).

The formation of the senate furthers the college’s efforts to incorporate and honor traditional Blackfeet values, specifically, Ini-yimm (respect for one’s self, all other people, all ideas and each thing in the natural world) and Aoh-kan-otah-tomo (accepting everyone, embracing the unique talents and contributions of each individual) into all college operations.

Given the volume of work needed to be done to organize the senate, executive committee elections were held in the formative stages. James Petersen was elected chair; Meredith Berthelson was elected vice chair; and Samuel Thornton was elected secretary. Having already developed a senate charter, the faculty will now begin working with the college to provide input on the college’s operations, curricula, and aiding students in their academic and personal growth.

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