AIHEC Student Congress Develops Leadership

Feb 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 12-3: How to Build a Dream, Tribal College News

AIHEC Student Congress members (Alveena Burbank, Dixie Dorman, and Napoleon Laverdure) tested their personal boundaries on climbing walls at the summer institute in Santa Fe. Photo by Dana Grant and Josh Brown

Community development and change were two key themes during the 2000 Leading All People Summer Institutes held in Pablo, Mont., and Santa Fe, NM.  At the institute, student representatives from each tribal college were challenged to look at their own leadership style, identify community issues from their own reservation, and develop an action plan. They dealt with topics such as domestic abuse, child care, youth recreation, community identity and small business development.

This was the second year for the institute, which was supported through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and hosted by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Congress, Salish Kootenai College, and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Students had the opportunity to look at power structures, group communication, and methods for change. Students will have the next year to complete their action plans.

The AIHEC Student Congress is now raising funds to build a permanent endowment to support the ongoing goals of the Leading All People Summer Institute. For further information or to offer assistance, contact Dana Grant <>.

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