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Pueblo Master's and Doctoral Cohort Prospective Students

Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University

Description: The Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School and the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University are pleased to announce a Pueblo Indian master’s and doctoral training partnership in Justice and Social Inquiry in the School of Social Transformation. This intensive program will launch fall 2015.

Based on The Leadership Institute’s recognized community development work in the New Mexico Pueblos, a commitment to nurture capacity in New Mexico tribal communities, and an interdisciplinary program in Justice and Social Inquiry, the curriculum for the cohort will focus on Indigenous children and families, education, health, and research. The program will be delivered through a mixture of video-conferencing and in-person courses. Included in the curriculum are also Indigenous community visits via module coursework, training in critical Indigenous research methodology and fieldwork, and training in writing for publication. This degree requires 36 course hours for the MS and 54 course hours beyond the master's degree.

This program is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Additional support is provided by the School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU, and New Mexico-based foundation partners.

Requirements for consideration: Sponsors, organizers and funders encourage only those who meet the criteria below to apply:

  1. Have an extensive history of strong commitment to New Mexico Pueblo Indian communities;
  2. Demonstrate current work with New Mexico Pueblo Indian communities;
  3. Exhibit long-term commitment to Pueblo communities through professional and/or academic career aspirations;
  4. Willingness to commit to five years of service to Pueblo people upon completion of graduate studies;
  5. Demonstrate strong interest in collaborative research in Indigenous communities;
  6. Ability to commit to completion of the program within the required timeline (2 years for the MS and 3 years for the PhD);
  7. Submit full application with all required materials.

For additional information on the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School, please visit their website. Only specific questions about the program that are not addressed on the program website should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Sumida Huaman at esumidah@asu.edu and Dr. Bryan Brayboy at bryan.brayboy@asu.edu.

This program has been designed to honor the community-based commitments of Pueblo individuals and communities, and full-time working professionals are encouraged to participate. This program is highly suitable for those community members who have not had the opportunity to pursue graduate studies because of previous issues of access and opportunity.

Application Process: Due to the nature of the funding, academic, and program cycles, the application timeframe is rigid.Applications are now open. The deadline for full applications is Friday, July 10, 2015. Orientation will begin August 2015, and classes begin October 2015. Application requirements are as follows,

  1. Regular application: Complete the regular application online
  2. Transcripts: Official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts should mailed to: 

    Arizona State University
    Graduate Admission Services
    P.O. Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
    Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

    All other materials listed below must be submitted to Justice and Social Inquiry at the School of Social Transformation. Materials must be mailed to:
    Justice and Social Inquiry Graduate Programs
    Attn: Dr. Vera Lopez, Graduate Committee Chair
    Arizona State University
    PO Box 876403
    Tempe, AZ 85287-6403

    Please do not e-mail any application materials.

  3. Personal statement: In 2-3 pages, double spaced, outline areas of academic and scholarly interest, educational and career goals, and address the following questions: What does it mean to be engaged in your Pueblo community/ies, and how have you been actively engaged in your Pueblo? What do you hope to achieve through your doctoral studies? How do you envision “giving back” to Pueblo people after your studies?
  4. Three letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation should include strong academic, community (i.e. Pueblo/tribal leadership, school community leadership, or tribal organization/institutional leadership), and/or professional references.
  5. Writing sample: A research or professional document that best represents your critical thinking and writing skills—minimum of 20 double-spaced pages.
  6. WICHE application: The in-state tuition application is due with your application to this program.