New Hunt Higher Ed Issue Brief: Supporting Native Students

April 13, 2022

The Higher Education team at The Hunt Institute has released a new brief written by Jamison Lowery, one of our 2021-22 John M. Belk Impact Fellows. The brief details the the history, policy landscape, and innovative practices that shape the work needed to increase Native American student enrollment and attainment in higher education.

Native American students are a demographic group that has consistently been underrepresented in institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States. Despite tremendous growth in the enrollment of these students in recent years, they are still underrepresented compared to other subgroups. While other minority students encompass about 29% of all U.S. postsecondary students, Native American students account for about 1%. Postsecondary education can help Native Americans overcome many employment barriers.


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In case you missed it, our Postsecondary Pathways Webinar Series held a conversation on Tuesday, April 12th on Indigenous Student Access and Persistence in Higher Education. You can view the full conversation now on our Youtube page.

About the Author:

Jamison Lowery is a 2021-2022 John M. Belk Impact Fellow at The Hunt Institute, and is pursuing a M.Ed. in higher education administration at North Carolina State University. He is ​from Pembroke, North Carolina, and a member of the Lumbee Tribe. ​After graduation, Jamison plans to pursue a career developing programming that is impactful for underrepresented students at the University of North Carolina.

About the John M. Belk Impact Fellowship:

The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship honors the legacy of John M. Belk – a man who exemplified servant leadership and consistently sought out ways to lift up others.

In 2020 the John M. Belk Endowment and The Hunt Institute came together to develop The John M. Belk Impact Fellowship. Designed with the goal of building future leaders in the area of social impact, the Fellowship places college students in 10-month long internships with organizations focused on providing equitable access to quality education.


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