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There are critical contributions that will be made by this first Pueblo doctoral cohort at ASU that will benefit the university, Indigenous education and Pueblo schools and communities.
First, the cohort will exemplify all eight of the design aspirations for the New American University, with a special emphasis on transforming society, conducting use-inspired research, fusing intellectual disciplines and engaging globally. ASU will have the opportunity to build a new model of doctoral education for Indigenous students.
Second, the joint commitment between ASU and Pueblo government leadership to this cohort will demonstrate a commitment to not only Indigenous capacity building, but also to diversity in higher education.
Third, as the cohort will engage in exploration of research and practice, they will significantly contribute to the data that is lacking on local southwestern education issues that have potential for global impact in Indigenous education.
Fourth, the cohort concept will be extended to other Indigenous communities, putting into practice ASUs vision of Indigenous capacity building partnered with Indigenous nations, as well as highlighting our world-renowned faculty and institution.
Specifically, the cohort will contribute to Pueblo communities and provide a return on investments in them in the following ways,
1. Development of an educational framework
2. Critical empowerment
3. Core Value of ‘Giving Back’ to community
4. Development of more qualified people with credentials
5. Core Value of life long learning
6. Retention of cultural language
7. Development of system alignment
8. Strengthening Native American young people who are grounded culturally and intellectually
The program is designed to train students as researcher-scholar-practitioners to address multiple issues related to social justice and social transformation that impact New Mexico’s Pueblo communities and other Indigenous nations nationally and internationally. The program is rigorous in terms of justice theory, including notions of Indigenous justice, as well as research-intensive with training on the “how-to” of research that focuses on Indigenous research methods, and also have a practical application, strengthening student ability to navigate and work within their own fields of interest.