The RIT Native American Future Stewards Program (FSP) and RIT American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will host Native American high school and college students March 20th and 21st in two separate events on campus.
The theme of the weekend is “The Future is Now”.
On Friday, March 20th it is the annual Native American Outreach Day, a one day conference geared toward Native American high school students. The program works to increase Indigenous student enrollment at four year colleges and universities.
The next day, the RIT AISES chapter will welcome students from across the northeast region for the AISES Region 6 Conference. There will be workshops and research presentations centering on Indigenous knowledge and wisdom. The keynote speaker is Dr. Roger Dube, 2019 Ely S Parker Award winner and Professor Emeritus and former assistant dean for Undergraduate Research and Interdisciplinary Programs.
RIT’s Director of Native American Future Stewards Program, Nicole Scott (Diné) says while doing research for the program theme, she found this comment from noted historian G. Peter Jemison (Seneca):
“Everything that we have NOW is the result of our ancestors who handed forth to us our language, the preservation of the land, our way of life and the songs and dances. So NOW we will maintain those and carry those on for future generations.”
Scott adds, “The future is very much now. The work of these incredible students will impact the future of our cultures, we want students to know the influence of their presence and the importance of their work.”
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