INTEGRATING TRADITIONAL WAYS OF KNOWING WITH WESTERN SCIENCE, THROUGH COLLABORATIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOSTERED BY THE NETWORK OF NSF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTERS
We describe a new program designed to broaden the participation of Native Americans in traditional STEM by creating structured opportunities to bring together Traditional Ways of Knowing and Western Science perspectives – within the construct of the NSF Science and Technology Center (STCs) network. Our approach leverages lessons learned and networks established by selected STCs, but it is designed to be broadly inclusive across the STC network, with all STCs having the opportunity to shape and benefit from the program. Specific mechanisms are offered to introduce STCs not familiar with tribes to the fundamentals of tribal culture, values, science and science needs, and help them network with appropriate tribes. Our approach is two-directional, designed for the dual benefit of the STC network and of tribal members and organizations. Components of the approach include: tribal-led collaborative research projects; a distinguished lecture series featuring tribal leaders; consultancy on strategies for tribal engagement; a “role models” initiative; research experiences for undergraduates; organization of a major conference; joint recruitment of Native American students; and evaluation and dissemination.
Baptista, A. M., Oregon Health & Science University, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green, V., Oregon Health & Science University, USA, email@example.com
Bueno Watt, N., Oregon Health & Science University, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
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