Creating Learning Environments for Native Hawaiian and other Indigenous Students
As indigenous governing entities expand their political and administrative reach, more indigenous students will be seeking out degrees in public administration. While many indigenous students opt to stay close to their home many still expect to travel to attend college (Thomas, et al., 2012). Public administration programs should recognize the trend in indigenous governance growth and adjust their curriculum to include this developing sector. When we start with indigenous students’ values and incorporate their values into the curriculum, assessment, and environment we see students thrive.
Creating valuable learning environments for indigenous students is not a zero sum proposition. Rather, such an environment can prepare both indigenous and non-indigenous students to effectively understand and respect issues related to indigenous people. The overarching result will be the development of students who will be better prepared to create strong and inclusive policies when dealing with indigenous issues.