Leadership Seminar Offers Job Skills and Mentoring to Native Americans

RIT and ITT Space Systems partner to assist community

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In an effort to assist Native Americans in developing enhanced job-training skills and better link the community with local employment and educational resources, Rochester Institute of Technology and ITT Space Systems Division are hosting the fourth annual Native American Mentoring and Leadership Seminar Oct. 15.

The free public event will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, room 2590. It will feature mentoring and leadership presentations, a networking event for students and a keynote address by Neil Patterson, director of the environmental program office for the Tuscarora Indian Nation, at 2 p.m.

“Through a host of training sessions and the presentations of successful Native Americans such as Neil Patterson we hope to inspire and assist future Native generations in achieving success, both economically and culturally,” says Jason Younker, a member of the Coquille Tribe, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at RIT and an organizer of the seminar. “I would like to also thank ITT for their sponsorship of this event and their leadership in assisting Native American communities both in Rochester and throughout the country.”

For more information about the event or to register, contact Nizhoni Chow-Garcia at ncgfsp@rit.edu.