Post Written by Sophie Newman
Washington, D.C- WHIAIANE is excited to start spreading the word about our new project, the Native Student Environment Initiative (NSEI). NSEI, created in response to testimonial gathered during WHIAIANE’s 2014 listening sessions tour, aims to address four main target areas for Native student concerns: imagery and symbolism, stereotypes, bullying and school discipline.
On July 8th, WHIAIANE, in collaboration with staff from the Technical Assistance Group at ED, hosted a webinar for the Comprehensive Centers and the Equity Assistance Centers to introduce NSEI. WHIAIANE heard insights from participants regarding outreach, engagement and execution of NSEI and learned about current and historic efforts in place to address Native student environment issues.
WHIAIANE looks forward to continuing this conversation about NSEI with upcoming webinars open to the public, which will introduce resources like the 2014 Listening Sessions Report and toolkits targeted towards youth and NSEI’s four main initiatives.