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The future of campus and community engagement requires a framework that is strengths-based, centers historically underrepresented groups working towards justice on their terms, and includes an analysis of power, positionality, systemic causes of disparities, needs for institutional changes, and critiques of inclusion assumptions. This session will provide decolonizing practice resources, concrete examples, and a chance to reflect on how to apply the practices to your context. The presentation includes tangible skills that develop critical thinking and utilize decolonizing approaches to alleviate barriers and support healing of historical/intergenerational trauma from a holistic approach. Turquoise Devereaux and Laurie A. Walker will present Indigenous values that can guide practices including: respect, relationship, reciprocity, relevance, representation, responsibility, and responsiveness. Participants will gain insight into contemporary institutional work striving to create more just spaces that are culturally safe and support positive identity development by validating Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) worldviews, experiences, and knowledge.
Turquoise Devereaux, MSW is a co-founder for  the Indigenous Community Collaborative (IndigenousCC),  a Native American, women-owned social enterprise with a mission to revitalize the Indigenous perspective and amplify Indigenous truth, values, resiliency, and validation through connection, ability, and collaboration. She also is the Project Coordinator at the Office of American Indian Projects in Arizona State University's School of Social Work. Turquoise is part of the Salish and Blackfeet tribes of Montana. She was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana and now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She works with students, organizations, and institutions on resiliency, diversity, equity, inclusion, and trauma-informed approaches to support Native American, low-income, and first-generation achievement in rural and urban settings. Turquoise works at the intersections of direct support to students, conducting organizational process consulting, program evaluation, and training for school staff, teachers/faculty, administrators, and community members in Tribal and non-Tribal educational and community settings. 

Laurie A. Walker, MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor (Tenured) in the School of Social Work at the University of Montana (UM). Laurie teaches undergraduate and graduate social work courses focused on small group leadership, community and global social work, policy, research, and program evaluation. Her current research focuses on the overincarceration of Native American women; over-disciplining of students who have a disability and/or are Black, Indigenous and People of Color in public primary and secondary schools; and re-storying United States narratives with Indigenous contextual understandings of history.

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