Natives Rising - Highlighting and Recruiting Native Americans in Tech

Natives Rising | Highlighting and Recruiting Native Americans in Tech.
BFA Student: Danielle Forward
Faculty Advisor: Aynne Valencia and Haakon Faste

Native American students have the lowest high school and college graduation rates of any racial or ethnic group in the United States. Many students face barriers like cycles of poverty, historical trauma inherited through previous generations, educational deficits, addiction, personal identity struggles, and limited college information. According to the US Census, 1 in 4 Native Americans live in poverty. Despite multiple barriers, there are many Native Americans leading positive and successful lives in various fields. How might we recruit positive Native American role models in society to help others rise?

Interaction design & technology can be used to build strong support networks that promote self-actualization in marginalized groups like Native American communities. A mentorship platform that connects Native American role models and Native American students can provide a space to share inspiring narratives and guidance, helping students to overcome their own barriers in order to reach their academic, career, or personal life goals.