Indigenous Visionaries

Indigenous Visionaries

The Indigenous Visionaries initiative builds upon the American Indian College Fund’s previous work for a number of years developing Native women leaders, through education, mentoring, and networking. Indigenous Visionaries focuses on connecting students at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) with faculty members in their area of study.

Within their academic disciplines, Indigenous Visionaries fellows will engage in research and programming that builds on and expands their studies, mentored by a tribal college faculty member with expertise in their field. Through this mentoring relationship, fellows will participate in a community project, learn how to address tribal and local issues, understand what it takes to create change in a community, and experience possibilities for a potential career in their field of choice.

The College Fund’s goal is to develop Native women leaders who have a foundation in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and history, and who will bring visionary leadership to Native communities in the future.

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#NativeScholar Hamilton is 1 of the 42% of American Indians who are 24 years old or younger. With nearly half the population being school-aged, we have the chance to provide transformational support & we need your help! Give by Oct 19 to double your gift:

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Native women & the second leading cause of cancer death. Today, on #IndigenousPinkDay, we stand in solidarity with @AICAF_Org as they raise #BreastCancerAwareness in Native communities. #EducationIsTheAnswer

Poverty & unemployment in Native communities are double the rate of the overall population. Today on the #Eradicationofpovertyday, help ensure #NativeScholars like Kaylie have the resources they need to succeed. All gifts will be matched until Oct. 19.

#NativeAmericans are nearly 4X as likely to experience food insecurity, & as a result of forced relocation, we've been unable to continue our traditional food practices.

54% of #NativeAmericans live in rural areas & 64% of @collegefund scholars are female. By supporting the College Fund, you're supporting programs designed to develop Native women leaders. #InternationalDayofRuralWomen

TY @get_coddle, @dontlookback_co, @SelfWorthFound & all our friends across the nation for supporting #TheNativeJourney & celebrating #IndigenousPeoplesDay. We're inspired by each person, organization, & city honoring Native communities. Give today:

Higher education provides our #NativeScholars with choices they wouldn’t otherwise have & the power to create a stronger future for themselves & their communities. By celebrating #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we show our Native scholars that they're not alone.

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