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Kirk Student Center - Navajo Room

1833 West Southern Avenue

Mesa, AZ 85202

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Maricopa Community Colleges, in collaboration with Arizona State University and partners, is hosting the Native American Male Empowered Network (MEN) Conference. The purpose of this conference is to provide male Native American high school, college, and university students, as well as young professionals looking to re-enter the workforce an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the intersection of masculinity, resiliency, and native culture
  • Identify, explore, and uncover interests in higher education
  • Increase awareness about degree programs, pathways, internships, and careers that inspire student success
  • Connect with people and resources that enhance personal and professional development


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Coffee, and Tabling Fair

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Prayer
Randall Morin
Mr. Indian ASU

College Welcome
Dr. Richard Haney, College President
Mesa Community College

Maricopa Welcome/Ice Breaker
Dr. Karla Fisher, Provost
Maricopa Community Colleges

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Speaker
Paul Russell, Vice President
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Transition to Breakouts

10:15 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Breakout Session I

11:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Breakout Session II

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Prayer
Jorge Gonzales-Zuniga
Mr. Indian Scottsdale Community College
Dance performance by Gila River Singing Group

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Native American Professional Network Session
Network Facilitator
Dr. Mona Scott, Residential Faculty
Mesa Community College

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Speaker
Dr. Jameson D. Lopez
University of Arizona

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Closing Comments
MEN Program
Mesa Community College
Closing Honor Song
Tim Terry
Gila River Tribe

Travel Notice

Presenters are responsible for their own travel, hotel arrangements, and expenses.


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Contact Gerard Begay at for more information

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