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Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement ProgramWelcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
526 5th Street
Cheney, WA 99004
Attending: University of California, Davis, Ph.D. Native American Studies
Acknowledgement to Mentor: I would like thank my mentors, Dr. Deirdre Almeida and Dr. Martín Meráz García for everything they have done for me. If not for Dr. Meraz Garcia I would never have known about the McNair program. I am also very grateful for all of the time and knowledge he has dedicated to my research. I must also thank Dr. Almeida for the wealth of knowledge and support she has given me. It has helped me more than words can possibly convey; without her nomination I would not be a recipient of the Frances B. Huston award. Dr. Almeida has also supported me as a friend. These two mentors have provided me with so much help and support, and I know that without them I would be lost. Thank you both so much!
SimHayKin Swawilla Jack is a Race and Cultural Studies major. She is minoring in English, American Indian Studies, and Chicana/o Education. She transferred to Eastern Washington University from Spokane Falls Community College in 2011, where she received her Associate of Arts Degree. Before attending SFCC she attended Inchelium School in Inchelium, WA, where she received her high school diploma.
She is of Nez Perce, Sanpoil, and Oglala descent; she grew up on the Colville Indian Reservation. She is a first generation student. She was encouraged, and is still actively encouraged by both her mom and dad to pursue higher education. She hopes to pursue a Ph. D. in the area of Race and Culture or American Indian Studies.
Dr. Martin Meraz-Garcia, Assistant Professor, Chicano Education Program, EWU
TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________
A Comparative Study of the Impact of Activism and/or Resistance on Indegenious and Chicano Identity (2013)
According to prominent Native American scholar K.T. Lomawaima, Indigenous peoples, when confronted with new and dominant cultures, often choose to resist indoctrination into that culture. Rather than accepting the imposed culture of the dominant group they tightly grasp their Indigenous roots. Operating under this model shall be conducted a comparative study of both Indigenous peoples and Chicanas/os, its purpose is to study the two groups and ascertain whether or not social activism and/or resistance foster Indigenous and/or Chicana/o identity, strengthen a previously existing sense of identity, or have a negative impact on how they connect with their respective identities. The primary focus in researching this area is to determine how people of Indigenous and/or Chicana/o ancestry are affected by the actions they take and/or any social resistance they choose to participate in. The aim of this research is to better understand how both of these groups react when faced with dominant social groups on an individual basis and on a group level. The empirical data being used in this study include 16 interviews of both Native Americans and Chicanas/os activist between the ages of 18 and 85 in Washington State. Additionally, archival documents pertaining to this topic will be consulted, biographies of Native Americans who have gone through the boarding school system, Chicanos who have gone through Americanization schools, schools geared toward the burgeoning Chicana/o community, and notable members of both the American Indian Movement, key members of the Chicano movement, and other literary works of scholarly value. The information gathered through both research and interviews details how individuals of Indigenous ancestry and Chicanas/os are shaped by the actions they undertake or choose not to take.
A Comparative Study of the Impact of Activism and/or Resistance on Indigenous and Chicano Identity (2014)
This is a comparative study of Indigenous peoples and Chicanas/os, conducted to ascertain whether or not activism and/or social resistance foster Indigenous and/or Chicana/o identity, strengthen a previously existing sense of identity, or have a negative impact on how they connect with their respective identities. The focus of this research will determine how people of Indigenous and/or Chicana/o ancestry are affected by the actions they take and/or any social resistance they choose to participate in; and to understand how these groups react when faced with dominant social groups individually and as a group. This research included interviews and extensive archival research of biographies of Native Americans and Chicanas/os who have attended schools geared toward assimilation/Americanization, notable members of both the American Indian Movement and the Chicano movement, and other scholarly works. The information gathered details how individuals of Indigenous ancestry and Chicanas/os are shaped by the actions they undertake or choose not to take.
A Comparative Study of the Impact of Activism and/or Resistance on Indegenious and Chicano Identity,
17th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA (2014)
National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (2014)
10th International Globalization, Diversity, & Education Conference, Washington State University, Airway Heights, WA (2014)
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Scholars Northwest Regional Conference, Evergreen State College (2013)
Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________
- University travel grant for NCUR, (2014)
McNair Scholar Summer Internship, Awarded $2,800. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. (2013)
- Student Government Award of Excellence, Spokane Falls Community College
Graduate School Acceptances:_____________________________________________________________
University of Montana, M.A. Linguistic Anthropology
University of California, Davis, Ph.D. Native American Studies