Help students explore their leadership potential, identify how to contribute to groups and causes they care about, and how to be a catalyst for themselves and the communities around them. Faculty and staff can nominate students to attend LeaderShape Catalyst until Monday, Nov. 20.
Hosted by the nationally recognized nonprofit LeaderShape®, this one-day program is valued by major corporations and other institutions as a catalyst for leadership engagement.
The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, and is open to WSU juniors and seniors only.
Faith Price is the Assistant Director of Native American Programs and oversees the recruitment and retention of Native American students at WSU Pullman. There are approximately 550 Native undergraduate students on campus. The Native American Programs office conducts outreach to tribal communities in the region, representing WSU at college fairs and community events. In addition, the office brings Native high school students to campus for campus visits and conferences.
Price directs the Native American student ambassador program, which is funded by a grant from the Nez Perce Tribe. The Native student ambassadors are current undergraduate students who provide campus tours, attend community events, and can speak to prospective students about the Native student experience at WSU.
The staff of Native American Programs also works with prospective students throughout the admissions and financial aid process. Once they are a student on campus, the Native American Student Center (NASC) offers cultural and educational programming designed to create a community for Native students, and increase their academic success. Native students need to have a home away from home in the NASC, something Price says is critical to the retention of Native students at any institution.
“Native students need a place on campus that feels like home, where they can be around other students and staff that understand where they are coming from. If I hadn’t had this as an undergrad, I would have left college, as culture shock was at times overwhelming.”
Price is of Wampanoag descent, and grew up on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Montana. She is currently in the Prevention Science doctoral program at WSU, in addition to her full-time duties with Native American Programs.
The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff in Higher Education (NCPS) is an alliance of higher education professional staff organizations in the Pacific Northwest that supports and advocates for its members through communication, education, and professional development opportunities.
This year’s conference held in Blaine, WA included talks by decorated former Black Hawk helicopter pilot Elizabeth McCormick, Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership Karen Stout, Director of Western’s Community Development office Dan Purdy, Western Washington’s Assistant Director of Human Resources Dennis Dashiell, Education and Organizational Consultant Cyndy Stevenson, Director of WWU’s Counseling Center Shari Robinson and senior instructor for WWU’s Woodring College of Education Joy Wiggins.
To keep up with more information on getting involved with NCPS or to see when you can sign up for Summer of 2018’s retreat please see their website or talk to Karen Garrett, NCPS’s vice chair and WSU IS Manager
Professional development is highly valued by Washington State University and is supported by the President and Provosts’ offices. The AP Mini Grant Fund (APMGF) is a supplemental fund and is intended to provide matching funds in conjunction with the AP’s unit/department. The maximum award is $250 and an eligible applicant received a maximum of one award every two fiscal years.