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Canceled: Educational Programs for Native Youth to be Discussed at USD Luncheon

*** Due to a family emergency, this event has been canceled. ***

VERMILLION, S.D. – The importance of educational programs for Native American youth will be front and center next week at the University of South Dakota School of Education.

Roger White Jr., an educator and cultural consultant for the University of Montana, will speak about culturally driven, community-based educational programs for Native American youth during a luncheon Tuesday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Delzell Room 202.

Deidre Whiteman, an academic adviser for the School of Education and one of the organizers of the event, said White will focus on the successes of the ENIT Project, a place based, innovative, and academically rigorous way of education designed to prepare young Red Bottom Assiniboine members for the 21st century through cultural stewardship and global citizenship.

“Roger is excited to share his experience with future educators and teaching methods that showcase what it means to be inclusive in the classroom and how all future teachers can apply this practice in their careers,” Whiteman said.

The Lunch & Learn event is sponsored by the School of Education, Native Student Services, and I CARE.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News