Fort Lewis College Gets Visit From White House Appointee

Dr. William Mendoza, who is director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, will speak March 22 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
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Updated March 21, 2012: From Dr. William Mendoza to Mr. William Mendoza.

William Mendoza, director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, will visit Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado on Thursday, March 22.

A reception will be held with Mendoza at 4:45 p.m. and the presentation, entitled “Educational Opportunities for all American Indian and Alaska Native Students,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies Lyceum.

A former Fort Lewis College graduate, Mendoza continued his education by getting his master’s degree and doctorate from Montana State University. He then became a high school teacher in Pine Ridge, South Dakota to only later become the director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. In December 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Mendoza as the director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education.

As the director of the Initiative, Mendoza will strive to improve access to high-quality education programs, paying particular attention to the science, technology, engineering and math—STEM—fields.

For more information on Mr. Mendoza’s visit, call (970) 247-7222.