American Indian Studies

Native America Calling episode includes AIS Director

June 15, 2020

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Scott Andrews

A recent episode of Native America Calling, a nationally syndicated radio show about issues in Indian Country, discussed ways that students, instructors, and administrators are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic on college campuses. The guests included officials from the American Indian College Fund, the Institute of American Indian Arts, Dine College, and Scott Andrews, the Director of the American Indian Studies Program at CSUN. Their comments focused on the implications of college classes being offered primarily online during the fall semester.

"I was honored to be included among the guests," Andrews said. "I tried to offer practical advice for Native students who will be attending college for the first time this fall -- know the difference between synchronous and asynchronous classes; see if your school has a technology lending program if you do not have a laptop computer; communicate with your instructor throughout the semester in case you have a job/family/health crisis; and look for ways to build friendships with other students despite the barriers of everything being online."

The episode, "Making college plans during the pandemic," is available for free streaming at the Native America Calling website.