Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina) is professor and director of the School of Education at Colorado State University. As one of the few American Indian scholars in the field of educational leadership/administration, a first generation college graduate, the daughter of parents who graduated from the first American Indian elementary and secondary school in their community, and a southerner who experienced the deep and lasting effects of racism, Dr. Faircloth engages in scholarship, teaching and service aimed at improving the educational conditions and subsequent life outcomes of those who have been historically marginalized and disenfranchised by the educational system. She knows first-hand what it means to be both denied and granted educational access and feels an ethical and moral imperative to use the lessons learned from these experiences to ensure future generations of Indigenous children and youth have the opportunities and experiences they deserve and that are critical to the future health, well-being, sustainment and “thrivance” of Indigenous tribes, citizens and communities.
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Susan C. Faircloth, an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina, is professor and director of the School of Education at Colorado State University. […]