Native Community Engagement Programs
The Community Engagement Center at Pitzer College, with the support of California Campus Compact Student Leadership Initiative grant presents the “Indigenous Students Expanding Alliances, Access, and Awareness in Higher Education” Social Innovation Projects. The “Social Innovation Projects” is an umbrella program with several smaller projects/activities which serve to promote student development as well as address economic development for and with local native communities through cultural empowerment, college access and social service collaborations. Through participation in any of the Social Innovation Projects, students will be given opportunities to sustain important relationships with Tribal Nations, expand alliances and interaction with local Native American youth, create new programming, participate in teambuilding, plan events, facilitate agendas, learn intercultural skills, exercise leadership abilities, and assist in public education. The overall goal is to create opportunities for service, learning, understanding, and dialog to take place at a groundbreaking level, to break barriers, to build bridges, and to train leaders for our future. We hope these opportunities serve to bring an upturn in the community’s economy with our service, patronage, publicity and education. Programs in this SLI grant project include: Partnerships with local colleges and tribes, Local Tribal Nations Service Learning Partnerships, MLK, Jr. Day of Service, the Elders In Residence program, the Native American Open House; and Pitzer Native College Pipeline affiliated programs. This grant and the projects therein are facilitated by Pitzer’s Native American Program Coordinator, Scott Edward Orellana Ingles Scoggins.