Research with the Delaware Tribe

[by Ally Weides, re-posted from the Fall 2019 STLR Newsletter]

Sophomore education major, Elizabeth Connor, recently started her first STLR-funded project. The title of her project is, Research with the Delaware Tribe.

Elizabeth’s initial idea for her STLR project was to research the statistics on missing and murdered indigenous women in Oklahoma. Being Cherokee herself, she finds it important to advocate for native women in Oklahoma. Research with the Delaware tribes serves as a great starting point for Elizabeth, who will be creating and running social media accounts for them. As well as creating infographics on community outreach and helping with their programming. She will also review grant reports for the tribe, to ensure they are painting an appropriate picture of what they do. Elizabeth will also be creating pre and post surveys for the support groups they offer, that way she can help identify the group’s effectiveness.

Elizabeth’s goal is to be a teacher, but as she said, “It’s important to make sure you are advocating [for] children in and out of the classroom.”

She recently made her first visit to the tribe’s headquarters, which are located near Bartlesville. During her visit she got a full tour of the facility, taking in the programs they already offer, and meeting with community partners. Elizabeth looks forward to continuing her research, and growing it into something that’s impactful to those in need. Elizabeth’s supervisor will assess her expanded perspective about herself as a researcher, her continued growth in Cultural Competencies, and her service to her tribe for STLR credit at the end of this project.

STLR loves being able to contribute to research like this. There are any number of ways students can get involved, and potentially start a project of their own. Head to stlr.uco.edu for more information. Or head to delawaretribe.org for more information about the Delaware Tribe of Indians.

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