Tribal College Leader Featured in New Book about Overcoming Racism in Community Colleges

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Cankdeska Cikana Community College president Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, whose Dakota name is Ta’Sunka Wicahipi Win (Star Horse Woman), is a contributing author in a new book titled Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College: Creating Pathways to Success for Minority and Impoverished Student Populations. The book, written by contributing educators, answers questions about why students of color end their community college experience twice as often as middle to upper income White students. It also explores whether non-White students are disadvantaged by educational racism. The text is organized by and examines student demographics reflective of the U.S. Census Bureau descriptors: American/Black; Native American/American Indian; Hispanic/Latino American; Asian American and Pacific Islander; and Caucasian American students in poverty.

Dr. Lindquist, who served as chair of the board of directors for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and as a member of the board of trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, provides context about how tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) give American Indians an opportunity to succeed. She examines factors impacting Native student success such as historical context, treaties, demographics, economic and health challenges, college readiness, TCU and reservation technology, infrastructure, and retention.

The book was published late last year by Stylus Publishing LLC. Angela Long edited the volume and serves as the co-editor of the series, “Innovative Ideas for Community Colleges,” also from Stylus Publishing.

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