The University of Washington Seattle is one of the premier institutions of higher education in the United States for research, teaching, and service in the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies. American Indian and Indigenous Studies scholars have appointments in many academic departments at the UW and are particularly well represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. These scholars, in departments such as American Indian Studies, History, Anthropology, English, Art History, the Jackson School of International Studies, and others, teach an array of courses in American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. While undergraduate students interested in American Indian and Indigenous Studies may earn a BA or minor from the Department of American Indian Studies, there is no formal way of recognizing graduate study in this field. Graduate students from an array of graduate programs have been self-creating a de-facto graduate certificate in American Indian and Indigenous Studies without formal recognition or direction in this course of study.
We are grateful for funding to respond to this need by developing an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, hosted by the Department of American Indian Studies. During 2018-19, a core organizing group comprised of Chris Teuton (American Indian Studies and English), Chadwick Allen (Office of the Provost and English), Josh Reid (History and American Indian Studies), María Elena García (Comparative History of Ideas), Jean Dennison (Anthropology), and supported by Laura De Vos (English) will collaborate with stakeholders across campus to draft a graduate certificate proposal that will be submitted for approval by the end of spring 2019.