Summit provides resources to Native students
By Mayla Matlashchuk - Staff Reporter
Power, Purpose and Planning will be the goals of the third annual Native Student Success Summit when it unfolds May 16 on the Highline campus.
The summit will provide resources for Native high school and college students to inspire them to continue their education and leadership development.
Around 100 students are expected to attend.
"It's a way to reach out to students, to highlight their culture and identity, to inspire them to continue their education since education is accessible," said Dr.Tanya Powers, the founder of the event.
The summit will be next Wednesday, and there is no cost, but it is necessary to register before the event in Building 7. Registration will start at 8:30 and will end at 8:50 a.m.
There will be sessions discussing the various topics: power, purpose, planning and perseverance running from 9:55 a.m. to 2 p.m. with breaks in between.
Each session will be in a different building.
The Power session will be held in Building 8, Mt. Skokomish room. Purpose and Planning will be held in Building 7, and Perseverance will be in Building 2.
The summit will have six speakers: Tommy Segundo, an educator and a published author; Damen Bell-Holter, a professional basketball player, who has played in Finland, Turkey, Hungary and Italy; Russell Brooks, the executive director of Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth; Roger Fernandes, a Native American artist, storyteller and educator; Calina Lawrence, a singer who has dedicated her voice to the preservation of Suquamish traditions; and Melissa Meyer, a member of the Tsimshian tribe.
This year, to familiarize the students to the campus, a scavenger hunt will take place.
"We're trying something new this year," Powers said. "A scavenger hunt to explore and tour the campus."
There will be a break at 10:55 a.m. for a working lunch.
"During lunch, there will be two panels. Students will split into two groups, attending one of the panels," Powers said.
One of the panels is the Student and Elder Panel and the other is a Career Panel.