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Master of Science (MS)

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Counseling and Human Development


This study examined the diverse paths towards leadership of five Native American women who are identified as leaders in higher education and/or student affairs. Their perspectives and experiences were explored through narrative methodology and a close analysis of interviews in order to identify common themes and shared values. These values and experiences offer insights for student affairs professionals who hope to more effectively and respectfully support Native students, women in particular, through their academic, personal, and professional journeys in higher education while honoring their autonomy as Native people. In addition, these themes can help offer a perspective towards leadership that compares and differs from Western models of leadership. Findings include the role of family support, mentors, tribal college experiences, facing adversity with resiliency, and more.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Indian women -- Attitudes
Indian women -- Education (Higher)
Leadership in women
Educational leadership


Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-73)



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