International Recruiters Visit KBOCCMay 15th, 2010 | By tcj | Category: 21-4: Native American Studies, Summer 2010, Tribal College News
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) hosted six international recruiters for a campus visit in November 2009. Northern Michigan University’s International Program Specialist Miriam Moeller brought the visitors: Doreen John from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Martin Kanjadza from Lilongwe, Malawi; Tim Wright from Mexico City, Mexico; Seemi Khosa from Islamabad, Pakistan; Claudia Sanchez from Maracaibo, Venezuela; and Liisi Lembinen from Tartu, Estonia, to learn about tribal colleges.
The recruiters had attended a training program for overseas educational advisors across America through the College Board and Education USA and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The visit opened with a welcome by KBOCC President Debbie Parrish and a pipe ceremony and prayer offered by Donny Dowd, Ojibwa traditional leader. After meeting KBOCC students, staff, faculty, administration, and board of regents members, participants attended a luncheon featuring traditional Ojibwa food.
During lunch, small groups discussed what the international recruiters do, how the programs could be incorporated into KBOCC, and what students from other countries could learn about KBOCC the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the surrounding area.
Parrish stated, “I was surprised to learn that people from other countries don’t realize that Native Americans exist today. Native Americans aren’t a part of the history texts at their K-12 schools.”
After lunch, Donny Dowd answered questions about some Anishinaabe customs. All of the visiting recruiters were given birch bark baskets and KBOCC mementos. The recruiters presented the college with a gift from Malaysia.
Parrish stated, “We look forward to welcoming students from other countries in the next few years and hope that our students will be able to share in experiences abroad.”