The 33rd Annual National Conference held by AISES, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, will be held November 10-12 and this year’s theme is Food for Thought, which can be taken figuratively and literally.
“Figuratively, Food for Thought connotes intellectual nourishment and spurs new ideas—ways our STEM [science , technology, engineering, mathematics] students and professionals can help respond to the needs and challenges of our community and world, today and tomorrow,” reads a press release. “Literally, the theme invites a diversity of perspectives on food supply, health, environmental, and resource issues facing our world today.”
And the fact that the event is taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota is no mistake. Minneapolis, and its Twin City of St. Paul are a major agricultural hub in the United States, with 81,000 farms covering half the state’s 54 million acres. The agriculture and food industry is also the second largest employer in the state.
“From biodiversity and innovation to geopolitics and ethics, from tradition and sustainability to healthcare, food policy, and preservation of traditional foodways, the Food for Thought theme opens the conference to a shared exploration of multiple viewpoints and interpretations,” reads the release.
Below is an outline of highlights of the upcoming conference, full information can be found online at AISES.org.
- Professional development sessions
- Student research presentations
- Special track for educator professional development
- Student career support with e-lounge and resume room
- Grad school networking and information/awareness sessions
- Concurrent sessions organized by tracks (pre-college, college/grad, professional, educator)
- Networking and mentoring
- Career fair with Fortune 100 companies, universities and nonprofit organizations, many recruiting at the event
AISES Constituent Meetings
- Government Relations Committee
- Corporate Advisory Council
- Exhibitor orientation and roundtable for diversity professionals
- General members’ meeting
- Regional Student Caucus meetings
- Professional Chapter Council meeting
Cultural and Social Events
- Men’s and Women’s Talking Circles
- Session on Sacred Objects
- Social Networking and Dance Contest
- Closing Circle
- Pow Wow
- Opening ceremony with keynote speaker Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary, Indian Affairs
- Sequoyah Fellows (AISES Lifetime Members) Breakfast
- Honors Banquet with 2011 Professional Awards Program Ceremony
AISES is still looking for local volunteers, if you’d like to help, visit AISES.org.