Our course schedule reflects this doctoral program’s foundation in Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. We are bound by the JSI core curriculum requirements for doctoral study and completion of the Ph.D. in JSI. Additionally, the ten critical issues that have served as the research and community development framework for The Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School are intertwined with the Indigenous Justice strand in the existing JSI program in order to provide an Indigenous focus that works within the existing elective (JUS 690s), readings and conference (JUS 790), research (JUS 792), and dissertation (JUS 799) requirements.
Through this JSI and LI-infused course of study, the following are key objectives of this Pueblo doctoral cohort experience:
- Research training: For each cohort member to be trained in research and to develop a specialization that merges any of the 10 LI-developed areas with a foundation in JSI concentrations that include Citizenship, migration and human rights; Globalization, sustainability and economic justice; Law, policy and social change; Media, technology and culture; and Social identities and communities.
- Giving back: For each cohort member to contribute back to community during their time in doctoral study through merging course assignments, presentations, dissertation research, and other culminating projects with community-identified and approved needs.
- Recognition: For each cohort member to recognize the intellectualism and practical application of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and to be recognized as coming to their doctoral studies with their own cultural and social capital.
- Social movement: For each cohort member to engage in a process of personal transformation that is inextricably linked with development of strategies for social change and to do so together through the generation of new ideas, thoughts, and programs.
- Experiential and comparative learning experiences: For each cohort member to participate in coursework that offers experiential and international and comparative Indigenous exchange opportunities.