My name is Franci Taylor and I am honored to be the newly appointed Director for the University of Utah American Indian Resource Center (AIRC). I am a member of the Choctaw Nation and have devoted my career to American Indian education from my early childhood through my pursuit of advanced degrees. I have taught Native American and American Indian studies in Montana, Washington and the Netherlands. While at Washington State University, I was the Native American Retention Counselor for Multicultural Student Services and the Tribal Liaison’s Office. Over the past twenty years, my attention has been focused on student-centered practices and the aim of enhancing the campus climate for all students.
Plan for Action: Year Long Focus on American Indian Education
Drawing from my experiences in life and education, and from my time on the President’s Commission on Campus Climate, my goal for this year is to create programs that educate our campus and community on the importance of American Indian culture and history, and to do so through cross-campus collaborations, Indian leadership trainings, student development through cultural events, talking circles and a region-wide Indian Education Summit at the University.
My vision is to create a space where we find common cause. The AIRC will be this space, where all tribal and non-tribal groups can contribute and work together to share ideas, impact campus climate and enact positive change.
Director, American Indian Resource Center