The Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations (AIWPN) will be held at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke on September 19-21, 2012. The conference theme, “A Prayer For Healing: Strengthening Our Native Communities,”focuses on healing through an effort to facilitate a coordinated response to violence in Native communities across North Carolina and the nation.
Registration is underway now – Extended Deadline, September 7.
For more information visit http://aiwpn.org/
AIC Community Engagement with AIWPN
On Thursday, September 20, 2012, Amy Locklear Hertel, will provide remarks as a keynote speaker. A full schedule of events can be found on the AIWPN website.
The AIC Staff will be presenting in four workshops during the conference:
American Indian Women and Higher Education Part 1: Planning for College? – Thursday, September 20, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Higher education is an asset valued by many Native people and tribal nations because of the role post-secondary education plays in individual as well as tribal self-determination. This is the first of three workshops designed to help prepare American Indian Women for higher education. Whether you are planning to go to college, you have a loved one you are preparing for college, or you are preparing students for college, this workshop will help you navigate a path toward a post-secondary degree(s). During this session, university administrators will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by parents, students, and educators about preparing, applying, and succeeding in college.
American Indian Women and Higher Education Part 2: Considering Graduate School? – Thursday, September 20, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Whether you are currently in college or have spent a few years in the workforce, if you have ever considered attending graduate school or wondered if graduate school is right for you, then this workshop will help you along in your journey. During this session, presenters will discuss the importance of a graduate school education from both a mainstream and a Native perspective. Presenters will also answer some of the most frequently asked questions posed by prospective graduate students about the graduate school experience.
American Indian Women and Higher Education Part 3: The Undergraduate and Graduate Experience by American Indian Women – Friday, September 21, 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
As a follow up to Parts 1 and 2 of American Indian Women and Higher Education, Part 3 will feature American Indian women who are current undergraduate and graduate students. These women will share their personal experiences as a Native student on their respective college campuses.
Women’s Influence in Raising a Healthier Generation of American Indian Children – Friday, September 21, 10:15a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Women have profound potential to heal our communities due to their gift of influence! Women guide a community’s health naturally as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nurturers, educators, and leaders. Often, healthy changes happen because a woman encouraged others to try something new and take a chance. We will highlight some of those exciting changes through Healthy, Native North Carolinians, a collaborative project with seven NC tribes and four urban organizations to promote community change and capacity-building around healthy eating and active living. Success stories will include community gardens, youth/elder exercise programs, an annual 5K run, as well as church and city partnerships. Many communities are also developing policies to offer healthy food options for meetings, homecomings, and powwows. Learn about fun, tasty, and active opportunities to harness your gift of healing influence and create healthy changes within your community!