Strengthening Education for Native Americans
Friday, December 11, 2009
A smile lights up Michelle Jacob’s face when she reflects on the importance placed on education by her family and leaders of the Yakama Nation reservation in Washington where she grew up.
“Any time the children made the honor roll at school, there was a celebration. They’d have lunch for us, tribe leaders would give speeches and tell us how proud they were,” Jacob said. “But what they were really doing was socializing us to be leaders and to achieve through education. And without my parents being so supportive — believing in me and affirming the message at home on a daily basis — there’s no way I’d be here.”
Jacob, armed with multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in Sociology, is in her fourth year as an Ethnic Studies professor at the University of San Diego. It’s here, too, where Jacob passes on the importance of education to the next generation of Native American students. (Full Story on Inside USD)