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Modern Day Boarding Schools: Universities as Sites of Colonization

Join ​WISCAPE for a conversation with Sasānēhsaeh M. Pyawasay, the Native American student success coordinator for the UW System.
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
159 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison WI
Sasānēhsaeh M. Pyawasay

Join the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) for a conversation with Sasānēhsaeh M. Pyawasay, the Native American student success coordinator for the UW System. 

Historically, Native communities have experienced one of the most significant and long-standing inequalities in the U.S. education system. Native scholars have attributed this disparity in educational opportunity and achievement as a lack of general understanding and invisibility of the Native populations in higher education. 

Dr. Pyawasay will discuss the ways in which higher education institutions often operate as modern-day “boarding schools,” similar to the boarding schools established in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries with the goal of assimilating Native children. Just as notions of nationhood and capitalism shaped assimilation in the boarding school era, similar ideological notions of the marketplace and citizenship permeate how to “do school” today. For Native students, this means that in order to be successful, they need to align with an American identity at the demise of their tribal community.

Understanding how universities operate as boarding schools helps to better understand institutionalized whiteness and can help mitigate educational inequalities –- in particular those attributed to the Native community.

Sasānēhsaeh M. Pyawasay is an alumna of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and a member of WISCAPE’s advisory board.

This event is cosponsored by the American Indian Studies Program at UW-Madison.

Light refreshments will be served.

Kari Dickinson
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