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NINLHE Summer Institute

Navigating New Landscapes for Indigenous Professionals & Students in Higher Education

in partnership with NAIC and ISAN

23-26 July 2024

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

The National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education (NINLHE) Summer Institute, in partnership with ACPA’s Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Coalition (NAIC) and Indigenous Student Affairs Network (ISAN), is a time for professional development, networking with other educators, and personal renewal. Through this residential institute, educators with expertise in policies and practices vital to Native student success develop through our training sessions.

An Intensive Experience

Institute attendance is purposely limited to provide participants with an intensive experience that focuses equally on knowledge and skill building, information sharing, and the opportunity to draw upon the accumulated wisdom and experiences of the presenters as well as colleagues. 

In an atmosphere of collaboration, friendship, and fun, the Institute offers opportunities for spiritual renewal and personal empowerment.  The Elder-In-Residence fulfills an important role within the Institute.  The Elder will begin and end each day with a prayer and reflection.  With his extensive background in higher education, the Elder-In-Residence will offer valuable context in which to consider our shared experiences throughout the Institute.

Who Should Attend?

Native and non-Native administrators, professional staff, and faculty committed to supporting and increasing recruitment, retention and graduation of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Aboriginal students at public, private, and tribal colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.


Dr. Amanda R. TachineFeatured Speaker

Dr. Amanda R. Tachine

Dr. Amanda R. Tachine is Diné (Navajo) from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water) born for Tł’ízí łání (Many Goats). She is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Innovation at Arizona State University which resides on the home(land)s of the Akimel O’otham/Onk Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh/Piipaash peoples.

She is the author of the award-winning book Native Presence and Sovereignty in College and co-editor of Weaving an Otherwise: In-relations Methodological Practice. Her dissertation titled, Monsters and Weapons: Navajo students’ stories on their journeys to college was awarded the 2016 American Educational Research Association Division J Dissertation of the Year. She has published in the Journal of Higher Education, Qualitative Inquiry, International Review of Qualitative Research, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and other scholarly outlets. She also has published thought pieces in the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, The Hill, Teen Vogue, Indian Country Today, Inside Higher Ed, and Navajo Times where she advances ideas regarding discriminatory actions, educational policies, and inspirational movements.

Registration packages

Registration information and rates will be available in early 2024!

Residential Registration Rates

Residential Institute participants are expected to arrive on 22 July 2024

  • Before 10 June 2024 – $550
  • After 10 June 2024 – $650

Costs Includes

  • 4 nights of housing (Monday-Thursday) 
  • All meals (Tuesday breakfast through Thursday dinner)
  • Summer Institute registration fee

Additional housing nights ($40 per night), meals (various), and parking passes ($15) are available in registration if needed.

Lodging for on-site participants will be at Seahawk Village on campus at UNCW. Linens and towels will be provided for all on-site participants. Seahawk Village is an apartment style residence halls with a clubhouse and a gated pool. The physical address of Seahawk Village is 1015 Community Dr, Wilmington, NC 28407.

Parking: If you plan to travel by car, you will need to purchase a parking permit during registration for the institute.

Commuter Registration Rates

  • Before 10 June 2024 – $450
  • After 10 June 2024 – $550

Costs Includes

  • All meals (Tuesday breakfast through Thursday dinner)
  • Summer Institute registration fee

Parking: If you plan to travel by car, you will need to purchase a parking permit during registration for the institute.

Registrations can be paid by check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. All fees must be prepaid. Purchase orders are not accepted. Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing at ACPA by 21 June 2024. After 21 June 2024, there are no refunds. ACPA reserves the right to charge a service fee of US$50 for returned checks. Registrations are non-transferable. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In this case, the fees will be fully refunded; however, ACPA will not be responsible for other additional costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines and/or travel agencies.


*all times listed in Eastern Time

Day 1

Tuesday, July 23

8:30 – 10:00 am Check-In and Breakfast (provided) – Location

10:00 – 10:30 am Welcome

10:30 – 10:45 am Opening Blessing – Elder-in-Residence

10:45 – 11:30 am Institute Participant Introductions

11:30 – 12 noon NINLHE Overview and What to Expect for the Institute

12:00 – 12:15 pm Ice-breaker

12:15 – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch (provided)

1:45 – 2:45 pm Team Building – Sharing Our Stories

2:45 – 3:00pm Break

3:00 – 3:45pm Team Building – Sharing Our Stories

4:00 – 4:15 pm Reflection on the Day – Elder-in-Residence

4:30 – 5:30 pm Break

5:30 – 7:00 pm Networking Dinner (provided)

7:30 pm Optional Evening Activities

Day 2

Wednesday, July 24

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast (provided)

9:15 – 9:30 am Blessing – Elder-in-Residence

9:30 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker – Amanda Tachine

10:15 – 10:30am Q&A w/ Amanda Tachine

10:30 – 10:45am Break

10:45 am – 12 Noon Panel Discussion 1

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch (provided)

2:00 – 4:00 pm Training workshops 

4:00 – 4:15 pm Team Building

4:15 – 4:30 pm Reflection on the Day – Elder-in-Residence

4:30 – 5 pm Break

5 – 6:30 pm Dinner (provided)

7:00 pm Optional Evening Activities – ‘NDNs in Jeopardy’

Day 3

Thursday, July 25

5:45 – 7:30 am Sunrise Ceremony – Elder-in-Residence

7:45 – 8:30 am Breakfast (provided)

8:45 – 10:45 am Training Workshops

10:45 – 11:00 am Break

11:00 – 12 noon Workshops Debrief

12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:15 pm Panel Discussion 2

2:15 – 3:15 pm Breakout Sessions: Participant Collaborations/Discussions

3:15 – 3:45 pm Closing Reflections – Elder-in-Residence

3:45 – 4:30 pm Summer Institute Evaluations


July 23 @ 8:00 am EDT
July 25 @ 5:00 pm EDT
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