UC Riverside to Host Native American Professional Development Conference on Oct. 11 & 12

UCAICRA-sponsored event brings together Native American higher education staff, undergraduate and graduate students for career advancement

trafzer and gonzales sitting with group

Clifford Trafzer, the Rupert Costo endowed chair at UC Riverside (center) and Joshua Gonzales, director of Native American Student Programs at UCR (right) will be representing the campus when the 2013 Native American Professional Development Conference comes to UCR on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. Photo by Lonnie Duka

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside will serve as host for the 2013 Native American Professional Development Conference on Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12.

The NAPDC is sponsored by the University of California American Indian Counselors & Recruiters Association (UCAICRA) and brings together Native American professional staff working in higher education as well as undergraduate and graduate students for networking and professional development towards the goal of advancing their careers. Activities include workshops, speakers, networking sessions and a dinner.

Information on registering for the conference may be found on their website.

“The main theme of this year’s conference is ‘Gain Skills to Move Ahead’ and we will providing workshop sessions that will focus on wellness, technology, and leadership,” said Joshua Gonzales, director of Native American Student Programs at UCR and a member of the conference’s organizing committee. “Our hopes are to provide an opportunity for our participants that give them the tools to enhance their skills, build their professional network, and re-energize.”

“We also invite the local Native American community to come out and join us as well as this conference also aims to get more people interested in working in the higher education field,” Gonzales added. “This conference is a great networking opportunity that will have participants coming from other university campuses within the UC system, CSUs and private universities.”

The NAPDC Logo

The NAPDC Logo

Keynote speakers include Erik Stegman, manager of the Half in Ten campaign at the Center for American Progress, and Michelle Holiday, the founder and president of Michelle Holiday and Associates, a Native woman-owned consulting company.

Bridget Neconie, an admission and recruitment specialist at UC Berkeley, will provide the Native American State of the UC address. Other scheduled speakers include UCR Professor Clifford Trafzer, the Rupert Costo Endowed Chair, UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, and UCAICRA Chair Nikishna Polequaptewa.

“I am looking forward to speaking at the conference about the work of UC Riverside with and for Native Americans,” Trafzer said, adding that he will also talk about his research projects with the Yavapai, Mojave, Quechan, and Chemehuevi tribes and his most recent work in preservation with the federal government and tribes.

Developed in 1976, the UCAICRA was intended to act as a system wide work group that provides informational outreach services to the American Indian communities throughout the state, targeting students, families, counselors and the community at large.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Joshua Gonzales, director of NASP at UCR
Tel: (951) 827-4143
E-mail: joshua.gonzales@ucr.edu

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