Welcome from Your President
Native American Alumni of Harvard University (NAAHU) is a recognized Harvard Alumni Association Shared Interest Group (SIG). NAAHU has been an officially recognized SIG since February 2007. We are grateful you've chosen to visit our page and hope to hear from you if you would like to join our SIG.
Welcome to the Native American Alumni of Harvard University website!
Our goal is to serve as a forum for Harvard Native alumni to foster collaboration and awareness of indigenous history and persistence, on campus and off. We seek to create a supportive environment for current and former students, to advocate for more tenured Native faculty at Harvard, and to push for a dedicated indigenity studies program at Harvard. We politely and persistently pester Harvard not to treat us as invisible. Together with Harvard Native faculty, staff, and allies, we will continue striving to help create a welcoming and inclusive environment as we launch our NAAHU-NAHC Mentorship Pilot Program in September 2020. Our Board of Directors, who represent Native alumni from multiple Harvard schools and eras, oversee the work of our organization. We have made progress over the last 14 years -- providing opportunities to unite, learn, and grow together -- and we recognize that there is still much progress to be made. We invite your ongoing alumni engagement as we continue to grow and develop as a SIG.
We held our most recent Annual Meeting on the first weekend in May 2019. As usual, we scheduled this gathering of Harvard Native alumni to coincide with Harvard Powwow/Arts First Weekend. Whenever a Harvard Native alum from any school is willing and able to take the lead, we hold a small Reunion Week gathering in late May/early June. Please contact me if you wish to serve in this capacity during the 2021 Reunion events (2020 Reunions have been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
In lieu of in-person HUNAP 50th celebrations in 2020-2021, we will join and/or co-sponsor HUNAP's anniversary webinars. Then, on September 24 - 26, 2021, we will convene with the Harvard Black Alumni Society, the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, and the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance for the first-ever Unity Conference. Originally planned for the weekend immediately prior to Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020, the Unity Conference has inspired a series of lead-in webinars hosted by the HAA and the Unity SIGs (scheduled from November 2020 through February 2021).
Provided that the COVID-19 pandemic is under control by Fall 2021, the Unity Weekend will be a three-day on-campus conference led by, and in celebration of, Harvard alumni of color. Hosted jointly by four HAA Shared Interest Groups: Harvard Black Alumni Society, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance, Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, and Native American Alumni of Harvard University, this weekend is open to all alumni. In the wake of the activism that these and many other alumni and student groups have shown in favor of protecting race-conscious admissions at Harvard, this weekend will be a forum for diverse communities to come together for candid conversations on complex issues at the intersection of identity, inclusion, and social impact.
The site is designed to help keep you informed about Harvard, about NAAHU, and about how to get involved. We very much hope you'll join us for our next Town Hall and pester the board with ideas! We encourage you to review our site, find activities of interest, and join us for NAAHU events. This is an opportunity to renew or build new friendships and to plan for the future of Natives at Harvard.
NAAHU is only as strong as its alumni network, so we encourage your membership, your talents, your ideas, and your support in an effort to build our organization. You are also encouraged to join us on social media by visiting our Facebook page “Native American Alumni of Harvard University (NAAHU).” If you have any further questions or would prefer an electronic copy of the membership form via email please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily R. Van Dyke, MD MPH (AB ’03 & MPH ’09)
Native American Alumni of Harvard University President (2016-Present)