Overcoming Educational Racism in Community Colleges
Indian Country Today
Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, Ta’Sunka Wicahipi Win (Star Horse Woman), president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College on the Spirit Lake Reservation in North Dakota, is a contributing author to Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College: Creating Pathways to Success for Minority and Impoverished Student Populations, edited by Angela Long. Written by several contributing educators, the book answers why students of color end their time at community colleges twice as often as middle to upper income white students, and whether non-white students are at a disadvantage because of educational racism.
The book is organized by demographics defined by the U.S Census Bureau: American/Black; Native American/American Indian; Hispanic/Latino American; Asian American and Pacific Islander; and Caucasian American students in poverty.
For her part in the book, Lindquist discusses how tribal colleges and universities are overcoming educational racism by giving Native American students a place to succeed. She examines factors that impact Native students including historic context, treaties, demographics of Native American students, economic and health challenges, college readiness, tribal college and reservation technology and infrastructure issues, and retention.
Lindquist has been president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College since 2003. She is a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership in 2006 from the University of North Dakota. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on tribal health systems from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Indian Studies/English from the University of North Dakota.
She currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the advocacy organization for the 37 tribal colleges and universities. Lindquist is a member of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Council, which focuses on advancing women in higher education administrative careers. She also recently served on the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission and the American Indian College Fund. Lindquist served on the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory body to the Director, National Institutes of Health, and is a founding member of the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center. She has also held significant positions at the national, state, and tribal levels of government.
This story was originally published February 17, 2017.