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UCD NAS Professor Liza Grandia pens op-ed piece in LA Times

Liza Grandia, Ph.D. (cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Native American Studies at University of California-Davis) has worked in Guatemala since a fortnight after the 1993 Serranazo coup. She is the author of Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce among the Q'eqchi' Maya Lowlanders, and other books, reports, films and village publications about legacies of foreign intervention in Guatemala's agrarian affairs. Read More

UC Davis NAS Professor receives Frank Bonilla Public Intellectual Award

Hernández-Avila, a scholar and creative writer who has been a bridge for decades between Native American Studies and Chicana/o Studies, has devoted her long career at UC Davis to promoting the hemispheric perspective of the program, especially Mexico, Central, and South America. She also is one of the six founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). Read More

Michelle Villegas-Frazier New Director of Strategic NA Retention Initiative

Villegas-Frazier, who had worked in outreach programs on campus for a decade, returned April 1 to become the first director of strategic Native American retention initiatives in Student Affairs. Most recently program coordinator in the office of Student and Resident Diversity at the School of Medicine, she brings with her more than 20 years of experience in Native American outreach and retention services and programs. Read More

Melinda Adams Named New SAO for Native American Studies

Melinda M. Adams is the new Student Affairs Officer for the Native American Studies Department here at UC Davis. She is from the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University and her Master of Science degree (with thesis) in Plant Ecology from Purdue University. Read More

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