The Pluralism, Inclusion, and Equity (P.I.E.) series offers workshops and trainings designed to increase our intercultural proficiency so we may provide effective teaching and support services for our diverse student body.
This presentation discusses the impact of colonization and racism toward American Indians. We examine how the process of colonization and racism has devastated AIAN populations and cultures. We discuss the long-lasting effects of erasure, stereotypes, discrimination, and violence that persists to date and the extreme disadvantages toward American Indian peoples, culture, and lands. Moreover, we discuss how to provide societal awareness to empower and heal our AIAN populations and lands.
A full professor, Dr. Proudfit has been tenured three times in the CSU system. In addition to her academic positions, in 2016 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE). She continues to serve on NACIE. Additionally, in 2021 she was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsome to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She is the lead author and researcher on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 ground breaking annual reports on the State of American Indian and Alaskan Native Education in California. She is the series editor of ten (10) books addressing American Indian education throughout the U.S.: On Indian Ground-: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge—Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education. She is author of the book titled Beyond the American Indian Stereotype: There's More to Me Than What You See. Dr. Proudfit is also the founder and Executive Director of the California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF), which is the largest AIAN film festival in the U.S. Proudfit owns Native Media Strategies, LLC a consulting company providing full-service media consulting. Dr. Proudfit is the owner of Naqmayam Communications, an independent, full-service, California Indian-owned and -operated public relations agency. Dr. Proudfit holds positions on numerous boards and committees, such as: Vice chair for the Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, board member of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, board chair for Vision Maker Media, and executive director of the California Indian Professors Association.