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Educators gather at UTTC, SBC
4 December 2003

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UTTC Online/Distance Education Director Leah Woodke demonstrated the capability of wireless Internet in one of the Barden Center technology labs.

BISMARCK, ND - Distinguished educators from across the country gathered November 21 for a joint seminar and campus visits to United Tribes Technical College here and Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND. Participants were members of the Kellogg MSI Leadership Fellows Program, a new leadership development initiative among education leaders from the nation's Minority Serving Institutions.

Phil Baird photo
Phil Baird, UTTC's Dean of Vocational and Academic Programs, is one of the MSI Kellogg Leadership Fellows.

      The gathering was billed as an historic meeting of African American, Native American, and Hispanic leaders at two of the nation's best-known Tribal Colleges.

      The yearlong fellowship program is designed to prepare participants for presidential and senior leadership positions. Organizers predicted that by the end of this decade, "at least half of the individuals who participate in the leadership program will have served or be serving as a president, provost or other high-level senior leader at a minority-serving college or university."

Ron His Horse Is Thunder photo
Sitting Bull College President Ron His Horse Is Thunder made a strong personal connection (one of the goals of the program) when describing his upbringing in Black communities including New York City where he went to school in Harlem.

      The program emerged from discussions one year ago among leaders of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education. Alliance members are the nation's 35 Tribal Colleges and Universities represented by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, more than 200 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and more than 100 Associate HSIs represented by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and 119 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other predominantly Black institutions represented by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

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The Kellogg MSI Leadership Program concentrates on drawing leaders together to bridge cultural boundaries and strengthen their skills. One of the values is to cooperate rather than compete for scarce educational resources.


      Obtain more information about the leadership program at www.msi-alliance.org.


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