Healing & Indigenous Education at NAYA

Instructor Name: 
Anmarie Trimble
Course Description: 

This class is an opportunity to support hands-on the culturally and trauma-informed mission of the Native American Family Center (NAYA). This course usually focuses exclusively on peer mentoring, but due to the extraordinary circumstances of Covid 19, and the disproportionate impact on the indigenous community, NAYA (pronounced Nay-Ya) has adapted volunteering options to best support their safety and immediate needs. Despite these changed service options, this course continues its commitment to understanding the intersections between historical context and our contemporary responsibilities to the indigenous community in the areas of education, land, wellness and healing. Current service options that Capstones choose from may vary slightly each term, but students currently participate in the building and nurturing of NAYA's food and healing gardens, support onsite mentoring programs, or work with NAYA to advocate forstate-wide school adoption of Oregon's new indigenous-created curriculum "Tribal History/Shared History." Orientation for these options will happen the first two weeks of class.

This class will be grounded in NAYA's application of the Relational Worldview Model, and over the course of the term willexamine and reflect on the intersections between learning process, historical legacy, and social inequity as they impactthe Native community, American society, and even globally. Our journey requires we examine the role of culturaldifference, communication, connection and reconciliation, and empathy in the learning relationship through in-class dialogue, written reflection, and building relationships with the NAYA community. To be effective, you will be expected to gain some crucial background in the history and experiences of the community we’re working with, but also be open to examining how your own background shapes your educational and other social experiences. We will therefore need to examine our own assumptions, biases, and learning around issues of poverty, privilege, race, class and other relevant social and historical factors.

Project Description: 

This class meets three hours per week at PSU for training with the instructor, and after the first week of training individuals willbegin their service with NAYA for three hours per week. PSU weekly sessions include discussions on readings, educational issues,and service learning. Individual writing assignments include personal reflective projects, resource reviews/analysis, and a finalreflective narrative.

No previous experience in mentoring, tutoring, gardening, or curriculum is necessary, as Capstones will bring their diversetalents to the collaborative learning environment. A background check will be required for students working directly withyouth, and proof of vaccination will be required for any students working onsite.