MSU Offers Unique Seminar on Powwow Planning
October 21, 2008 -- By Jody Sanford, College of Letters & Science
The Department of Native American Studies offered NAS 470, a seminar titled “Powwow Leadership,” to teach students how to deal with change in their personal lives and professional pursuits. During the fall semester, nine American Indian students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, majoring in a variety of disciplines, learned how best to prepare for the 34th Annual MSU Powwow while optimizing their own leadership capabilities.
This course was co-taught by the MSU American Indian Council (AIC) co-advisors, Jim Burns, Native American Student Advisor, and Dr. Jioanna Carjuzaa, associate professor of education.
Powwow Leadership is designed to give students the opportunity to explore leadership mentor relationships, improve active listening and communication skills, build teamwork, develop trust, facilitate groups and manage change. “The heart of this course is the on-going coaching and real-time feedback the participants receive on their own leadership, focusing on their powwow fundraising activities,” said Burns. “This course helps students understand that effective leadership is the foundation for organizations and groups, and is the key in helping them set and meet their fundraising goals.”
The AIC and student leaders are charged with raising an impressive amount of money to keep the annual powwow – the largest student sponsored event at MSU – free to the public.