Fort Lewis College hosting virtual Day of Dialogue

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DURANGO, Colo. — Fort Lewis College is hosting a Day of Dialogue on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The virtual event is comprised of roundtable conversations between, students, educators, and alumni from Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions that started as Native American boarding schools. Speakers will discuss a range of topics and interactive audience participation is encouraged. All sessions are free and open to the public.

Please visit for for Zoom links, a list of participants, and further information.

Agenda (all times in Mountain Time)

9-9:50 a.m.         Opening Ceremony & Alumni Comments

10-10:50 a.m.    Session One: Land Acknowledgement & Environmental Sustainability 

11-11:50 a.m.   Session Two: Boarding School Histories & Tuition Waiver 

12-12:50 p.m.                    Lunch 

1-1:50 p.m.         Session Three: Student Voices 

2‐2:50 p.m.                        Session Four: Indigenous Pedagogies 

3-4:00 p.m.                        Recap & Closing Ceremony  

Background on the Event

In 2018, FLC received a Mellon Foundation grant to bring scholars of Native American and Indigenous Studies to campus, foster additional undergraduate research in the humanities, and facilitate the expanded use of inclusive pedagogies. As an institution grounded in liberal arts education, Fort Lewis College believes the work supported by the grant aligns with our core values, and the program is having a positive impact on the education of our students. The grant facilitates a collaborative educational environment across our campus as we work towards reinforcing our efforts to infuse diversity and inclusion into our curriculum and institutional life. More importantly, it places us in a better position to serve the diverse student body at FLC.

In 2019, Fort Lewis College President Tom Stritikus also established a Committee on FLC History to examine our origins as a Native American Boarding School. A key question was how understanding and recognition of that past should inform our present and future.

Joining us in conversation will be faculty, staff, and students from the University of Minnesota – Morris, an institution that shares our unique history. UM-Morris, also a COPLAC institution and a NASNTI institution, began as a Native American boarding school just as Fort Lewis College did. Many eyes make for a stronger vision, and many voices tell a stronger story.


Please visit for Zoom links and further information, or contact Dr. Brian J Twenter, visiting Mellon Scholar, with any questions or concerns, at

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