In the Student Spotlight: Sept. 11, 2020

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  • Breanna Davis, part of the Intern-2-Scholars program with the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators (DINÉ), and Hosava Kretzmann, DINÉ graduate research assistant, collaborated with DINÉ director Angelina Castagno and two teachers in the program to co-author the article, “You are never too little to understand your culture: Strengthening early childhood teachers through the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators” published in The eJournal of Indigenous Early Childhood Education. The article describes an effort to strengthen early childhood teaching in schools on the Navajo Nation by situating work to support teachers in the development of academically rigorous and culturally responsive curriculum.
  • United Sound, a program where NAU music education students teach adults from Flagstaff with special needs how to play a musical instrument, donated items and created goodie bags to handout to them in a socially distant environment. They came to campus once a week before the pandemic to interact with students and played with them at football games. The students have continued teaching using virtual music videos.
  • The NAU Votes Coalition, a campus-wide effort spearheaded by students and faculty from the civic engagement minor to increase voter registration, education and election participation, has provided multiple new avenues for students to register to vote. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) reported that org (where NAU students are directed) received 385 voter registrations from NAU, the most of any PIRG chapter in the country so far.