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Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force

The Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force was established in fall 2013 to recommend strategies to strengthen Northwestern’s relationship with Native American communities through recruitment efforts, academic programs, and campus support services. The Task Force was co-chaired by Patricia Telles-Irvin, vice president for student affairs, and Phil Harris, a vice-chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees. The Task Force work included:

  • Reviewing the John Evans Study Committee Report and meeting with two of the authors.
  • Discussing Native American studies programs and support services for 
Native American students with representatives of other universities.
  • Collecting and evaluating benchmarking information concerning peer institutions’ practices in recruiting Native American students.
  • Interviewing members of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee tribes.
  • Participating in a town hall meeting sponsored by the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative at the American Indian Center.

As a result of this work, the Task Force has provided the following report to the President: Report of the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force.

An Update on the Recommendations of the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force was provided by University Administration in February 2015. Additional information on the Task Force and its work is available at:

See more work on the Native American Inclusion initiative from the Office of the Provost.

For information on the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group, please visit its webpage: