Beyond the Land Acknowledgement: Higher Education, the Occupation of Native Nations, and "Land Back"
Land acknowledgements have become a powerful introduction to convocations, graduations, meetings, and conferences in higher education. But institutions must challenge themselves to move away from encouraging acts that are just performative, into commitments of transformative change. In this presentation, Megan discusses her research into how institutions of higher education received their land and the steps institutions can take for land-based reparations including returning institutional land back to Native nations or if this is not possible, providing free higher education to Native students whose traditional homelands the institution sits upon.
We Are Still Here: On Native Identity and Activism
This presentation discusses the contemporary, and often forgotten, presence of Native people in social justice conversations through a personal lens. The conversation is not expected to define what it means to be Indigenous in America, but is an opportunity to share one perspective, as an urban Lakota woman, about the importance of hearing our voices and our stories.
We Are Still Here: Relations, Foundations, and Native Nations
What if we truly re-envisioned institutions as systems of relations on behalf of our students? Centering concepts of kinship and community, this presentation reflects on how creating connection plays a role within education communities and re-imagines these relations as opportunities for support.
Natives In America: On Writing and Authentic Voices
This presentation discusses the creation of an online platform for Native youth to express their contemporary stories through prose, poetry, and hip hop. In order to reclaim our spaces, we must reclaim the stories and narratives that the country have written for us. What better way to do this than to allow the next generation to tell us their stories?
Advice For First Year College Students
This presentation examines the transition into freshman year, and the challenges students, especially those who identify with underrepresented communities, may face during their process and experience.
Perspectives on the College Process
This presentation discusses the college application and admissions process, drawing on Megan’s work in undergraduate admissions at two institutions, at an admissions focused non-profit for high achieving low income students, and as a college counselor on the high school side.