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Welcoming Dialogue on American Indian/Alaska Native Bias is a Course

Welcoming Dialogue on American Indian/Alaska Native Bias


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About This Course:

Building on the race course, this To Be Welcoming course focuses on bias and the experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples in the United States. Here, we explore how different biases affect the economic, social, and cultural experiences of Indigenous peoples. We begin with key terms like sovereignty and tribe, followed by a video module featuring faculty experts answering commonly asked questions. Next, we provide context by exploring media representations of American Indians, cultural traditions, and education. We conclude with points for starting your own discussions on American Indian/Alaskan Native bias and considering appropriate responses.


English proficiency

Prior to taking this course, it is highly recommended that you complete TBW100, To be Welcoming: Foundational Course and TBW 200 Welcoming Dialogue on Racial Bias. These courses will provide you with the context and vocabulary necessary to make the most out of this course.


Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Jessica Solyom
Associate Research Professor - School of Social Transformation Arizona State University

Jessica Solyom, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Justice and Social Inquiry from Arizona State University. She has worked in research, program development, and program evaluation for postsecondary institutions in promoting diversity in curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom management for over 10 years. Her research focuses on diversity, belonging, and justice. Her scholarly publications have explored the justice-related struggles of historically underrepresented students including explorations of race and gender in student leadership, persistence for students of color in predominantly white postsecondary settings, and education rights activism among Indigenous college students. She is currently an Associate Research Professor and teaches courses on Research and Inquiry, Critical Race Theory, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Dr. Solyom serves as a mentor at the Center for Indian Education (ASU) in preparing and training rising students of color as community embedded researchers and servant-leaders.

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs President’s Professor School of Social Transformation Director, Center for Indian Education Arizona State University

Bryan is President’s Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He is the author of over 90 scholarly products. His research focuses on the role of race and diversity in higher education, and the experiences of Indigenous students, staff, and faculty in institutions of higher education.