I am excited and humbled by all of the donations so far. I would like to thank all who have given so generously to the Native Duck Fund.
I recently returned from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference in MN. I proudly shared our Native Duck Fund progress with colleagues and students. They were amazed that a fund like this was being created. Many of the students who attend AISES self-fund their trip. AISES is the largest American Indian conference for students in the STEM disciplines...about 3,500 attend annually. These students present papers, share research posters, attend a career fair, and network with native students from all over the country. There are so few native students on their home campuses that when they attend AISES, they find themselves re-energized, excited, and not so alone in academia. Many of the relationships they form at AISES last a lifetime.
Your gifts will support professional development experiences that will begin careers. I am convinced more than ever, that our future generation of native scholars need your help to succeed. Some doors cannot be opened without assistance. We need to help remove the economic barriers that so many of our native scholars experience.
Thanks for your help so far!!