November 8, 2023

Purdue Global to host Deidre Whiteman for Native American Heritage Month forum

Webinar will highlight history of Native American boarding schools and their legacy of generational trauma

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, Purdue Global will host a forum featuring Deidre Whiteman, director of research and education with the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. The forum will take place via Zoom at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

The forum, hosted by the Global Indigenous Community at Purdue Global Employee Resource Group in partnership with Purdue Global’s Office of Organizational Culture and Inclusive Excellence, will focus on the history of Native American boarding schools and their effects on intergenerational trauma.

Whiteman, who is Meskwaki, Dakota, Ojibwe and Hidatsa, is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. She has 18 years of experience in education, including helping to establish a Dakota and Ojibwe language immersion school in south Minneapolis, a first-of-its-kind school in the United States. She has also worked with preservice teachers at a tribal college, partnered with tribal youth to pursue higher education opportunities, and established health and wellness goals in a tribal community through the public health sector. Her passions are in education, language revitalization, community development and Indigenous wellness practices.

Whiteman received her bachelor’s degree in education at Haskell Indian Nations University and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She is a lifelong learner and is currently working on her doctorate degree at the University of South Dakota.

Registration for the event is required. To register, click here.

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