Greetings- from the Director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Program:
Fall greetings and welcome to the Indigenous Nations Studies (INST) website! Our site features valuable information about the numerous innovations that make INST a vibrant, young program on campus. Indeed, these are exciting times to be at Portland State University. We are collaboratively planning to take INST into a new level of graduate study by designing a School of Gender, Race and Nations starting with a certificate program this Fall Term 2014. Please visit the SGRN website http://www.pdx.edu/gender-race-nations/ for details on this effort.
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends have contributed ideas and suggestions and this fall term we have put out a nationwide faculty search for our first Director. I want to thank our colleagues in the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Black Studies, and Chicano/Latina Studies who have worked together these past four years developing a proposal for creating this new School of Gender, Race and Nations within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As we continue to work together in building our reputation within the new School, teaching, research and engagement as part of our program mission, we will continue to embrace Indigenous ways of knowing strengths to grow and evolve.
This new academic year (2014-2015) promises to be an exciting year on our journey to becoming a solid academic program on campus. I look forward to working with Interim CLAS Dean Karen Marrongelle, our associate deans, and our outstanding faculty and staff as we strive to become community-based focused, creating dynamic courses and tribal partnerships that will improve learning in an urban environment. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our award-winning faculty, critical thinking courses, engaging cultural events and wonderful students.
Sincerely, Cornel Pewewardy