Waasamoogikinwaa’amaading – Post Pandemic Online and Distance Learning at Tribal Colleges, April 14-15, 2021

A virtual conference hosted by Leech Lake Tribal College


Boozhoo Dear Colleagues,

We cordially invite you to join us in a conversation about online education at Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other minority serving institutions. This conference’s planning began in late 2019, but 2020 compelled all of us into emergency online teaching.  Now, after 12 months of innovation and perseverance, we are ready to convene virtually and look at what online skills, technologies, and pedagogies may improve student success at TCUs in a post-pandemic environment. 

Leech Lake Tribal College, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is hosting this virtual exploration of challenges and barriers to online and distance education, particularly with in S.T.E.M. fields, and we would like to start the discussion with practitioners and administrators of online learning. We also invite a conversation about how future online education fits into nation-building and our service to community at TCUs. 

This two day symposium will discuss lessons learned about student preparation and technology access, faculty training and resources, humanizing learning management systems, and cultural integration challenges with computer based content.  We are in the process of collecting information from potential attendees and speakers, and would like to hear from you.  This conference is open to all, but we especially invite TCU and MSI administrators, information technology staff, and faculty.

Please follow this link to access a brief questionnaire (2 minutes): https://forms.gle/wi2i1zr11WdKKEAGA  . We are asking for input on sessions, and collecting contact information.  Please forward this announcement on to your networks, and look for the publication of the conference website and a call for presentations soon.  

Miigwech,  Gigawaabamin-

Melinda Neville and Antonio Arce

Leech Lake Tribal College

Chair of Dept. of Natural Sciences and Technology: melinda.neville@lltc.edu

Distance Education Coordinator: antonio.arce@lltc.edu

Our mission is to provide quality higher education

grounded in Anishinaabe values

The GEO Indigenous Summit 2020

The GEO Indigenous Summit 2020

7-9 December 2020

Online: Register here.

Join Indigenous leaders from around the world as they discuss Indigenous-led innovation in Earth observations data, science and technology. This will build on the GEO Indigenous hackathon, bringing together Indigenous knowledge and state-of-the-art science and technology, as well as the global GEO community.

No registration required! Open to everyone, everywhere!

Themes: COVID-19, Women Empowerment, Education, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Knowledge Transfer.

Lightning talks session:  Lightning talks are 3 minutes pre-recorded presentations related to the themes of the Summit. To submit an abstract complete this form by the 25th of November 23:59 CEST

Virtual Talk: Robin Wall Kimmerer at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. central

This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom.Click here to register.

Drawing on both indigenous and scientific knowledge, botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, talks about the importance of cultivating a reciprocal relationship with the environment, and how understanding our connection to the land helps us connect more deeply with one another.

After this talk, enjoy a self-guided tour through Mia’s collection looking at the relationship between artists and nature, and consider how art can connect us to our shared humanity.

Photo credit: Dale Kakkak

Ticketing Information

To attend this program: RSVP by calling (612) 870-6323 or click here to reserve online and receive an email with the Zoom link for the program. If you have never used Zoom before, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app or join from your browser. Zoom works best on the Google Chrome browser. If you are having any trouble, contact our visitor experience team at visit@artsmia.org

Give back: This program is free. Mia relies on your support to present its programs and exhibitions. Please consider making a contribution.