Diversity Speaker Series Nov. 15 features Indian education leader

November 13, 2017

Brian Jackson, president of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and director of the Healthier Community Action Team Behavioral Health Project, is the next featured presenter at UW-Stout’s Diversity Speaker Series.

Brian JacksonJackson will talk from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Oakwood Room on the lower level of the Memorial Student Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

His presentation will include:

  • The impact of history, socioeconomics and culture on the opportunities and expectations of students
  • The effect that attitudinal differences have on indigenous and nonindigenous individuals
  • Background on Wisconsin Act 31, including the meaning of sovereignty of tribal culture and relevance to the university curriculum. Act 31 passed in 1989, requiring teacher education programs to prepare teachers to be able to provide instruction to their own students in the history, culture, sovereignty rights and treaty rights of the state’s 11 tribes. The act was passed after treaty rights protests erupted in Wisconsin over spearfishing.

Jackson, of Lac du Flambeau, has a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is pursuing a doctorate in indigenous education. He is developing an American Indian Studies — Wisconsin Act 31 curriculum for state public schools.

The Diversity Speaker Series is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and the university’s Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center.

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Brian Jackson