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AIRC Director Candidate Presentation: Tashina Barber

August 2 @ 1:30 pm 2:30 pm MDT

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is excited to invite two candidates in the search for the next American Indian Resource Center director, Tashina Barber a citizen of the Diné Nation and Shaina Philpot an enrolled Tribal member of the Hoplan Band of Pomo Indians.

Candidates will be visiting campus and presenting their vision for the American Indian Resource Center, which will be open to campus:

  • Tashina Barbers: August 2, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Shaina Philpot: August 3, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Tashina Barber

Tashina Barber

Yá’át’ééh, shí eí Tashina Barber yinishyé, Tó’áhaní nishłí, Bit’ahnii báshíshchíín, ‘Áshįįhí da shicheii, dóó Kinłichíi’nii da shinalí. Chiiłchinbe’tó dóó Tsé Nitsaa Deezáhí dęę’ naashá.

Greetings, my name is Tashina Barber, I am a citizen of the Diné Nation and a descendant of the Hopi and Ute Mountain Ute Nations. I hail from Chilchinbeto and Rock Point AZ, two remote communities on the Navajo Nation. I began my educational journey on the Navajo reservation at a bilingual school where I learned to read, write, and speak the Diné language. It was also here where I established a strong connection to my cultural heritage. My parents raised me in the Intertribal Pow Wow circle, where we made many new relatives throughout Indian country. I spent over 30 years of my life dancing and competing in the Pow Wow circle as a jingle dress dancer and now as a traditional dancer. Pow Wow dancing has always been a source of good medicine for my family and I, where we combine our Intertribal ways of healing to strengthen our kinship. I am beyond grateful for the many opportunities my dancing has provided for me, including opportunities professionally in connecting with tribal communities to bring into action ways to support Native students at all educational levels and specifically the college level. As a first-generation college student, my experiences have influenced my ongoing work in taking initiative in positive impacts in the lives of Native communities in higher education.  

I am grateful for this opportunity to share about myself for this role where I would continue to strive as a leader for my Native and Indigenous peoples. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is critical to amplify our Native, First Nations, and Aboriginal voices when it comes to sharing our stories of past, present, and future as it is a means to foster belonging on college campuses. Despite the many hardships we all have endured from the isolation away from our relatives to the sudden loss of our knowledge keepers, we have devoted ourselves to practice our ceremonies and encourage each other to preserve our Indigenous ways of knowing. I find comfort with sharing my cultural identity through my work in higher education, where I advocate for our social and political identities. Working with Native communities is paramount to me as it means creating lasting relationships with the hope for the future to build upon them. Every day, I live with the mindset of reciprocity, respect to all, and caring for the missing voices. These are my ways of combating the injustices our fellow Indigenous peoples have endured and how I will continue working toward the advancement of Native people in higher education. I look forward to meeting you all! 

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