Monday, October 12, 2020, commemorates Indigenous Peoples' day in Maine.
To mark this occasion, we begin our 2020–21 Gloria S. Duclos Convocation with the theme, Indigenous Peoples: Recognizing and Repairing Harms of Colonized Systems. Our goal is to educate ourselves about the lasting impacts of colonization on Native Americans, our systems, and our institutions.
We invite all University students, faculty, and staff to join us for the inaugural Convocation event: a panel of experts who will speak on our theme live via Zoom webinar. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the panel discussion.
Please keep an eye on your University email for the webinar link and panelist bios leading up to the event.
We hope to see you there!
Meet our panelists
Katie Tomer is a University of Southern Maine (USM) alum and currently working as a Student Advisor at USM. The Native side of Katie’s family is originally from Wabanaki territory, now known as Moosehead Lake.
Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Alberta, where she teaches a graduate specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education. Rebecca is of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Waponahki Confederacy of tribes.
Jared Lank is a USM alum and currently working at the Maine Economic Improvement Fund at The Cutler Institute within our Muskie School of Public Service. Jared is a registered member of the Acadia First Nation band of Mi'kmaq and brings an understanding of history, colonization, decolonization, and the related needs of students in a university setting.