POSTPONED: Native American/Indigenous Heritage Panel: Narratives on History, Belonging, and Activism

November 11, 2021 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Organizer

Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
(212) 853-7045

Note from the event organizers: This event set during Native American/Indigenous Heritage Month is being postponed as the Indigenous panelists and moderator are in solidarity with the Columbia graduate student workers currently on strike. The panelists want to ensure that all are aware of the strike, and are providing the following links:

Instagram: @SW_Columbia


The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to join us in celebrating Native American/Indigenous Heritage Month with a discussion of “Narratives on History, Belonging, and Activism.” The panel will be moderated by Ariel Marie Shirley Richer (Venezuela/Trinidad & Tobago) (bio), PhD candidate, Columbia School of Social Work (MSW ‘15); Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Research and Advocacy, Urban Indigenous Collective.

The virtual panel, with live captioning available, will feature four speakers of various backgrounds who are committed to equity and inclusion for Native American and Indigenous folx and other historically marginalized populations. They will share their personal stories, perspectives on identity, and strategies for sustaining activism and healing. Full bios and social media can be found on the registration page.

  • Chenae Bullock (Shinnecock & Montauk), Founder, Moskehtu Consulting, LLC, Indigenous-owned and operated Cultural & Heritage Preservation firm; Entrepreneur, Pioneer, Indigenous perspective historian, and cultural practitioner.
  • Cliff Matias (Taino & Kechwa), Director, Redhawk Native American Arts Council; Performing Artist, Educator, and World-renowned photographer; Former cultural interpreter for the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Jolie Varela (Nüümü Hupi & Tule River Yokuts), Founder, Indigenous Women Hike; Hiker, water protector, and land defender.
  • Raymond Daw (Navajo), Behavioral Health Consultant with a focus on managing and developing Native American cultural competency, substance abuse prevention, community mobilization, and historical trauma.

Submit any questions for the panelists on the registration page. A Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event. We hope to see you then!