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TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE NEW IDEAS A BETTER WORLD AISES 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT Council of Elders Mary Kahn (Navajo) Phil Lane, Jr. (Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw) Henrietta Mann, Ph.D. (Southern Cheyenne)
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TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE NEW IDEAS A BETTER WORLD AISES 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT Council of Elders Mary Kahn (Navajo) Phil Lane, Jr. (Yankton Dakota and Chickasaw) Henrietta Mann, Ph.D. (Southern Cheyenne) Faith Spotted Eagle (Ihanktonwan Band of the Dakota/ Nakota/Lakota Nation of South Dakota) Stan & Cecelia Lucero (Laguna and Acoma Pueblo) Bret Benally Thompson (White Earth Band of Ojibwe) Antoinelle Benally Thompson (Navajo) 2015 Board of Directors Rick Stephens, Chair (Pala Band of Mission Indians) Dr. Twyla Baker-Demaray, Vice-Chair (Three Affiliated Tribes MHA) Dr. Jim May, Treasurer (United Keetowah Band) Marlene Watson, Secretary (Navajo) Dr. Mark Bellcourt (White Earth Ojibwe) Dr. Iona Black (Cherokee) Andrea Axtell (Nez Perce), Emeriti Horace Axtell (Nez Perce), In Memoriam Eddie Box Sr. (Red Ute), In Memoriam Franklin Kahn (Navajo), In Memoriam Phil Lane, Sr. (Yankton Sioux), In Memoriam Bow Lane (Chickasaw), In Memoriam Lee Piper, Ph.D. (Cherokee), In Memoriam Paul Kabotie (Hopi) Lisa Lone Fight (Mandan, Hidatsa, Sahnish) Sheila Lopez (Navajo) Crystal Tulley-Cordova, Senior National Student Representative (Navajo) Sheridan Evans, Junior National Student Representative (Cherokee) 2014 Board of Directors Dr. Melinda McClanahan, Chair (Choctaw) Dr. Twyla Baker-Demaray, Vice-Chair (Three Affiliated Tribes MHA) Dr. Jim May, Treasurer (United Keetowah Band) Rick Stephens, Secretary (Pala Band of Mission Indians) Dr. Mark Bellcourt (White Earth Ojibwe) Ki Tecumseh (Winnebago) Barbara Tenorio-Grimes (San Felipe Pueblo) Advisory Council Chairs Corporate Advisory Council Chuck Ross (Choctaw), Raytheon Government Relations Council Marcellus Proctor (Piscataway-Conoy), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Noller Herbert (Navajo), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Academic Advisory Committee Dr. Mary Jo Ondrechen (Mohawk), Northeastern University Marlene Watson (Navajo) Dr. Iona Black (Cherokee) Paul Kabotie (Hopi) Lisa Lone Fight (Mandan, Hidatsa, Sahnish) Sheila Lopez (Navajo) Ciarra Greene, Senior National Student Representative (Nez Perce) Jeffery Ross, Junior National Student Representative (Ojibway) Laurence Brown (Navajo), Sandia National Labs James Daugomah (Kiowa), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Amanda James (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Professional Chapter Council Jonathan Clark (Apache), Casino Arizona II AISES /2015 ANNUAL REPORT TABLE OF CONTENTS LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN 2 WHY STEM FOR NATIVE AMERICANS? 3 THE BUSINESS OF AISES 4 THE STRUCTURE OF AISES 5 AISES BY THE NUMBERS 6 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, PROJECTS AND RESEARCH 7 ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE 9 REGIONAL CONFERENCES 10 ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 11 PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMMING AWARENESS AND RETENTION 11 COLLEGE PROGRAMMING ACCESS AND SUCCESS 11 PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMING LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE 12 WINDS OF CHANGE MAGAZINE 12 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES 13 AWARDS, FUNDERS, SCHOLARS, AND INTERNS AND 2015 NATIONAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS INDIVIDUAL DONORS 19 SEQUOYAH FELLOWS AISES CIRCLE PARTNERS AISES CIRCLE PARTNERS 28 AISES STAFF 29 TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE NEW IDEAS A BETTER WORLD 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT - AISES 1 Miyaxwa - LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN When the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) was founded 39 years ago by American Indian scientists: Manhattan Project scientist and Mohawk, Arnold Anderson, Al Qöyawayma (Hopi), Carol Gardipe (Penobscot), George Thomas (Cherokee), Jerry Elliott (Cherokee/Osage), Alex Labadie (Osage) and Jim Shorty (Navajo), their intent, passion and commitment was clear substantially increase representation of indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. Over 25,000 individuals have been benefited as members of AISES. Today, AISES is now over 4,000 strong, with 189 college chapters, 15 professional chapters and 158 affiliated schools that enroll more than 55,000 K-12 Native students. On behalf of the AISES Board of Directors, I am honored to thank you for your commitment of time, energy and resources toward fulfilling not only the vision of our founders, but that same commitment of encouragement, support, and mentorship we each share with Native Americans on their STEM journey. As you read the AISES annual report, I hope you are as excited as I am about not only accomplishments this past year, but also about the future of AISES. In just 24 short months, Sarah Echohawk and the AISES staff, with support and guidance from the AISES Board and Council of Elders has increased membership by over 30%, established a solid financial footing, and helped AISES regain its rightful leadership role when it comes to supporting Native Americans in STEM. We are also forever grateful of the individuals, organizations, tribes, universities, companies and government entities that demonstrate their commitment everyday by donating their time, and providing vital resources that enable the programs AISES offers and employment opportunities that so many of our students are able to pursue. As Mulu wetam (first people) we have a core belief that we are on a journey in this world that enables us to help and guide others as we have been guided by our Mukat and those before us. While the vision remains strong, and the commitments solid, we have much work to do and we invite you to be engaged even more. One of our key objectives over this next year is to strengthen the services and support we provide to our professional members. Whether you pursue an AISES board position, volunteer as a member of an AISES board committee, or as part of the important advisory committees, get engaged. With the new effort to focus on professionals, as a Sequoyah Fellow, as a mentor, or with financial support, please know that your engagement is so appreciated. TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE NEW IDEAS A BETTER WORLD Traditional Knowledge New Ideas A Better World AISES Rick Stephens (Pala Band of Mission Indians) Chairman of the Board 2 AISES /2015 ANNUAL REPORT AMERICAN INDIAN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SOCIETY Why STEM for Native Americans? Many individual Native Americans as well as tribal communities are not provided resources for, or access to, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Too often when we address workforce development and economic development for Native Americans, STEM is left out of the conversation and yet 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on some mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills. Native American mastery of STEM is fundamental to proactive management of tribal land and resources and overall economic success and yet all too often the educational pipeline used does not ensure Native American students are academically prepared to successfully undertake STEM studies when they enter college. The AISES mission is focused on closing these gaps. The U.S. is losing its competitive edge The U.S. is ranked sixth among 40 countries and regions, based on 16 indicators of innovation and competitiveness. 7 U.S. The prestigious World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. as No. 48 in #48 quality of math and science education. 17% 8 STEM is where the jobs are STEM employment is expected to grow 17% between 2008 and 2018, far faster than the 10% growth projected for overall employment. 1 60% of NEW JOBS STEM workers earn higher salaries 60% of the new jobs that will open in the 21st century will require skills possessed by only 20% of the current workforce. 4 The U.S. may be short as many as 3 million high-skilled workers by Worldwide, the United States ranks 17th in the number of science degrees it awards. 6 84% $87,570 STEM workers earn higher salaries College graduates overall make 84% more over a lifetime than those with only high school diplomas. 2 The average wage for all STEM occupations is $85,570, nearly double the average for all occupations ($47,230). 3 1 U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, What s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors Georgetown University, Bureau of Labor Statistics data on occupational employment and wages National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the Twenty-first Century, Georgetown University s Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University s Center on Education and the Workforce, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, World Economic Forum 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT - AISES 3 THE BUSINESS OF AISES Vision, Mission, Values, Strategies, Goals, and Programmatic Focus VISION The vision of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is for the next seven generations of Native people to be successful, respected, influential and contributing members of our vast and ever changing global community. MISSION Founded in 1977, The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. VALUES Knowledge Innovation Relationships Commitment Empowerment Culture We are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and continuous growth in learning and teaching. We anticipate and embrace change and strive to learn and improve by trying new approaches and forward thinking solutions. We actively build and continually steward transparent, honest and ethical relationships with our partners, members and all who are part of our AISES family. We do what we what we say we are going to do and conduct our business with the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics. We embrace the power of our people by encouraging them to take initiative, lead and make decisions. We honor our ancestors by carrying forward our cultural traditions and values in all that we do. Advancing Educational and Career Knowledge While Embracing Native Culture and Tradition STRATEGIES Empowering Native People through Relationships and Innovative Resources GOALS Creating and Sustaining the AISES Family through a Full Circle of Support Services Build Awareness Increase awareness among Native people about STEM educational and career opportunities Foster Partnerships Develop and strengthen diverse partnerships with key STEM stakeholders Provide Support Services Design and deliver comprehensive and effective programmatic and financial STEM support services Maintain Effective Organizational Structure Support the staff, board, mission and membership through effective infrastructure and systems. FOUR PROGRAMMATIC FOCUS AREAS Pre-College: Awareness & Retention AISES creates and administers programs and events to provide Native K-12 students and educators exposure to quality curriculum and opportunities to interest and engage them in STEM. College: Access & Success AISES provides opportunities and financial support to Native college students to increase access to and boost success in STEM studies in higher education. Professional: Leadership & Change AISES supports a network of Native STEM professionals through professional chapters, awards, career development resources; and research and mentoring opportunities. Strategic Partnerships & Research AISES identifies and engages in strategic partnerships and conducts research to further our mission of substantially increasing the representation of Natives in STEM studies and careers. 4 AISES /2015 ANNUAL REPORT The Structure of AISES Organization, Chapters, and Programming Research Community Development National Conference Leadership Summit Region #6 Professional Chapters Region #7 Region #5 7 Regions Board Representatives Student Representatives Professional Representatives Elders Council AISES National Office Scholarships/Internships Region #1 Region #3 Region #2 College Chapters Education Power-Up Workshops Regional Conferences Region #4 High School Affiliates Science Fair Science Bowls Career/Workforce Development 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT - AISES 5 AISES by the Numbers Today Over 4,000 Members $10.3 Million in Academic Scholarships to Over 5,000 Students Since Inception 15 Professional Chapters 2015 Membership: 3,727 Academic and Travel Scholarships and Support: $589,962 Annual Revenue: $3,189,215 1 Total Program Support Provided: $2,465,831 2 How we spent our funding in : Administration and Development = 25% Programmatic Support = 75% 2014 Membership: 3,289 Academic and Travel Scholarships and Support: $391,901 Annual Revenue: $2,740,432 4 Total Program Support Provided: $2,072,690 5 How we spent our funding in : Administration and Development = 27% Programmatic Support = 73% Chartered College and University Chapters 158 Affiliated Schools That Enroll More Than 55,000 K-12 Native Students Membership: 2,819 Academic and Travel Scholarships and Support: $349,947 Annual Revenue: $2,581,298 7 Total Pogram Support Provided: $1,948,056 8 How we spent our funding in : Administration and Development = 31% Programmatic Support = 69% TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE NEW IDEAS A BETTER WORLD draft financials not yet audited. 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Here is a small snapshot of just some of those partnerships and programs from 2014 and 2015: Comcast/NBC Universal Public Service Announcements (PSAs): In 2015, the Comcast Foundation awarded AISES support to produce two PSAs to educate the public about the importance of its mission. The Foundation also committed to providing $1.5 million in airtime in 2016 to air the PSAs. The PSAs are designed to convey how, through our work at AISES, intergenerational traditional Native American cultural knowledge is woven together with new ideas to generate innovative technology, ideas and people that create a better world for everyone. The PSAs will run in multiple markets on multiple channels in early and late 2016 and can also be viewed on the AISES website. National Science Foundation (NSF) ASSIST Project: Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and in partnership with Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Advancing Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE), AISES is working to support Native Americans who are early-career faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral professionals in any field of engineering. The overall focus of the project is to support those who are traditionally underrepresented in engineering fields. Department of Energy, Minorities in Energy Initiative: The Minorities in Energy Initiative addresses the needs of underrepresented communities in the energy sector and is focused on engaging more Americans in energy and science, technology, engineering, and math fields. The Initiative, guided by the U.S. Department of Energy s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, seeks to create a substantive, sustainable model that connects diverse stakeholders together to address challenges and opportunities for minority engagement in energy economic participation, STEM education, and climate change. The Ambassadors of the Initiative are key leaders in industry, government, academia, and nonprofits who are committed to lending their voices and vision to inform and inspire Americans about the critical need for greater diversity in STEM professions, energy entrepreneurship, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. AISES CEO, Sarah EchoHawk, serves as an Ambassador for the initiative. place holder 2014/2015 ANNUAL REPORT - AISES 7 50k Coalition 50,000 Diverse Engineers by 2025: AISES, in partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the preeminent engineering professional societies focused on diversity and inclusion, and who collectively serve more than 75,000 pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional members, formed the 50K Coalition. The Coalition is working toward a singular goal: to increase the annual number of engineering bachelor s degrees awarded to underrepresented minorities and women from 30,000 to 50,000 by 2025 a 66 percent increase. The Coalition intends to achieve this goal by collecting and monitoring plans generated by Coalition partners to achieve this strategic goal and by measuring, monitoring and reporting on key indicators, including the number of women and underrepresented minorities qualified to enter the engineering pipeline and the number earning engineering degrees. The 50K Coalition was created in 2015 and will continue its work to National Science Foundation (NSF) REESE Project: This project is an empirical research study using a resiliency-based framework to investigate the factors that contribute to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI-AN) success and achievement in STEM education and careers. The focus is on what makes people successful rather than what makes them fail. It was developed through a partnership between the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Office for Community Health (OCH) at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and Northwestern University. The aim of this research is to identify the role of culture, individual identity, epistemology and bi-cultural efficacy in this process. This information is particularly salient in the face of the continuing stagnation of AI-AN STEM graduation rates and the ongoing need for expansion and equity in the STEM pipeline that has been identified as a national priority. The project utilizes AISES historical American Indian STEM data collected over its almost 40 year existence and will be completed in 2016 at which time AISES will begin the process of creating a database to house the data and make it available to key stakeholders. 8 AISES /2015 ANNUAL REPORT ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE The Annual AISES National Conference is a one-of-kind, three-day event focusing on educational, professional and workforce development. Attendees include American Indian high school and college students, educators, professionals; tribal nations, tribal enterprises, universities, corporations, and government agencies. The AISES National conference has become the premier event for American Indian Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students and professionals attracting over 1,800 attendees from across the country. Highlights Include: Amazing Keynote Speakers Speakers in 2014 and 2015: PGA Golfer, Notah Begay III (Navajo and San Felipe Pueblo), NASA Astronaut, John Herrington (Chickasaw), and Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Billy Mills (Lakota) The Largest American Indian Career & Education Expo with over 180 Exhibitors Sessions Designed for Students and Professionals Covering Topics and Providing Resources and Information Pertaining to Educational and Career Access and Development in STEM Fields Student Research Competitions for High School, College and Graduate Students Interactive Tours of Colleges, Universities and Industry Partner Facilities 2014 and 2015 Tours Included NASA, GM at Ep
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