As an organization that believes in education equity and access for all we’d like to take a moment on Indigenous People’s Day to highlight the educational inequity that Indigenous students face. There are more than 22,000 students enrolled in tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) across the ...country.
According to the American Indian College Fund, a college success organization run by and for indigenous populations, “the COVID crisis has changed our world in ways we could never have predicted. One outcome has been the difficulty colleges have had in retaining current students and, even more distressing, enrolling new freshman students. The long-term financial impacts of COVID, the lack of available technology, the challenges of online teaching and learning, and the continued stressors of caring and providing for multigenerational families have resulted in even lower college enrollment of Native students when they do not receive adequate support. When they receive the additional support they need, Native students have defied trends and are returning to school in record numbers. Education is the pathway to changing the current realities and injustices experienced in Native communities and will create the diverse workforce needed, especially strengthening healthcare, education and technology.”
To learn more about how you can support indigenous college students we encourage you to check out the American Indian College Fund (@instacollegefund).
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