University of Vermont

Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Abenaki Outreach Program

Mission

The UVM/Abenaki Summer Happening Program's mission is to promote a diverse and respectful environment that embraces social justice, equity, and opportunity for high school Native American students to achieve their potential.

Vision

To promote an ethos of community both at Missisquoi Valley Union High School and the University of Vermont that provides Abenaki students with the critical thinking skills and pride in their culture so that they can be leaders in a democratic society.

What we do

  • Collaborate with parents, students and faculty in the development of increased communication whereby the Abenaki voice is afforded equity of educational opportunity.
  • Offer post-secondary guidance at UVM and other institutions through individual and group meetings.
  • Provide students with college counseling, information and assistance in applying to Discovering UVM (Students from underrepresented groups explore UVM during this two-day program on campus. Learn more about the program as well as assistance with the application process, financial aid, and scholarships.
  • Foster students' leadership and growth through curriculum development that nurtures pride and promotes self-confidence to become a strong voice on campus and within the community.
  • Network with UVM and MVU personnel to form and maintain partnerships between educational facilities and the Abenaki community.
  • Provide a safe space during office hours (3rd floor of Allen House) where Native American students can have access to available resources, initiate conversations and address concerns.
  • Build up a networking process for current and new Native American students so that they can help each other to develop the community.
  • Address academic, social and cultural approaches to assist Native American students in the transition to college life.

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