Indigenous Student Reflects on the Importance of Recognizing, Honoring Native American Heritage Month
As Native American Heritage Month draws to a close, Anna Thompson ’25, co-chair of Hartwick’s Indigenous DEI Committee, wants the campus community to ponder an important consideration: that the College acknowledges the traditions, culture, history and experiences of Indigenous students.
To that end, Thompson and the Indigenous DEI Committee are working to bring awareness of and equity to the Indigenous students on campus. Last year, Thompson received a Hartwick grant from Cyrus Mehri ’83 to hold a Mohawk social at Pine Lake, which drew nearly a hundred people, including her family and a group of Mohawk dancers and musicians. A selection of traditional foods was served, and traditional dress and songs were shared.
"Our Indigenous students have so much to teach our community about their culture and history."
Chair of the Education Department and Co-chair of the Indigenous DEI Committee