Geography-Anthropology

GYA Alum Jared Lank selected as Coordinator of Native Students Support and Affinity Leadership

Jared Lank Photo

Jared Lank (GYA 2016, MPPM 2018) has been selected as Coordinator of Native Student Support and Affinity Leadership.  We are delighted to provide office space in Bailey Hall for Jared and work closely with him. Jared, a Mi'kmaq from the Acadia First Nation, is an academic, advocate, and creative professional, and worked in policy analysis and marketing for the Maine Economic Improvement Fund in the Cutler Institute.

In Geography-Anthropology, Jared studied cultural anthropology and human geography, focusing specifically on Pre-Columbian archaeology, Wabanaki cultural preservation, and geospatial technology in climate-related research. While in his MPPM program, Jared focused on public policy, sustainable development, and location-based barriers to higher education access for Native Americans in Maine.

Jared served as a member of the Native American Student Association, contributed to internal Native student research papers, attended regular decolonization committee meetings and presented at last year's convocation. Jared has also contributed to regional work related to Wabanaki representation in education as a member of the Tribal Advisory Board for the Portland Public Schools' Wabanaki Curriculum Development Project. 

He is also a well-established photographer, filmmaker, and advocate based in Portland. Jared’s breadth of work focuses around his lived experience as an Indigenous person growing up off-reservation, outside of his First Nations community in Canada. In addition to his personal work, Jared contributes as a storytelling fellow for Upstander Project, focusing on documenting the stories of other Indigenous people in the Dawnland, and is currently developing a documentary through Nia Tero’s 4th World Indigenous Media Lab Fellowship.