WSU Culture and Heritage Houses

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Great Conversations Videos

 “Great Conversations at Washington State University”

During the spring semester of 2013, the Culture and Heritage Houses started a new educational program called “Great Conversations at Washington State University.”  It is an online video series that features esteemed visitors and WSU community members discussing diversity-related topics.

Great Conversations at Washington State University with Robbie Paul

On November 4, 2013, Dr. Robbie Paul was interviewed by Barbara Aston at Washington State University (WSU). Dr. Paul is director of Native American Health Sciences at WSU and a member of the Nez Perce Tribe. Barbara Aston is the director of Native Student Programs and Tribal Liaison. In the video, Dr. Paul discusses her work recruiting and retaining Native American health professionals, and her dissertation research on historical trauma, reconciliation, and healing.

Great Conversations at Washington State University with Sharonne Navas

On October 29, 2013, Sharrone Navas was interviewed by Marc Robinson at Washington State University (WSU). Ms. Navas is co-founder and executive director of the Equity in Education Coalition and a member of the Washington State Educational Opportunity Gap, Oversight & Accountability Committee. Marc Robinson is director of WSU's Culture and Heritage Houses. In the video, Ms. Navas discuss educational opportunity gaps and her work in the Equity in Education Coalition.

Great Conversations at Washington State University with Rep. John McCoy

On October 5, 2013, Rep. John McCoy was interviewed by Barbara Aston at Washington State University (WSU). Rep. McCoy represents the 38th District in the Washington State House of Representatives, and is a member of the Tulalip Tribe. Barbara Aston is the director of Native Student Programs and Tribal Liaison. In the video, Rep. McCoy discusses state educational policy and his remarkable career

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Allen Pinkham and Steve Evans

On October 14, 2013, Mr. Allen Pinkham (Nez Perce tribal elder) and Dr. Steve Evans were interviewed by Barbara Ason (Washington State University Tribal Liaison). They discussed Pinkham and Evans' recently published book, Lewis and Clark among the Nez Perce: Strangers in the Land of the Nimiipuu.

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Wanda Billingsly

On October 22nd, 2013 Marc Robinson interviewed Wanda Billingsly and got some insight on the Washington State Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Elaine Zakarison

On August 19, 2013, former Washington State University administrator Elaine Zakarison shared her memories of traveling to and participating in the 1963 March on Washington.  Her interview, conducted by WSU staff members Steve Nakata and Marc Robinson, is part of WSU's Culture and Heritage Houses "Great Conversations" Series.

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Monica Miller and David Leonard

On April 16, 2013, Dr. Monica Miller was interviewed by Dr. David J. Leonard.  They discussed Dr. Miller's work on the inter-connections between hip hop, popular culture, religion, and US society.

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Latino Education Advocacy Day

On March 27, 2013, Washington State University hosted a town hall event as part of the   national Latino Education Advocacy Day (LEAD) IV.  This video captures comments and reflections on the event from students, faculty,  community members, and statewide leaders.

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Alondra Nelson and David Leonard

On February 25, 2013, Dr. Alondra Nelson was interviewed by Dr. David J. Leonard at Washington  State University (WSU).  They discussed Dr. Nelson's research on the Black Panther Party, the medical civil rights tradition, the Panthers in Seattle, and the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare.

Great Conversations at Washington State University: Latino Education Advocacy Day

On March 27, 2013, Washington State University hosted a town hall event as part of the   national Latino Education Advocacy Day (LEAD) IV.  This video captures comments and reflections on the event from students, faculty,  community members, and statewide leaders.

Great Conversations at Washington State University with Fiasili Savusa and Lina Thompson

On November 7, 2013, Fiasili "Sili" Savusa and Lina Thompson were interviewed by Marc Robinson at Washington State University (WSU). Ms. Savusa is a member of the Washington State Educational Opportunity Gap, Oversight & Accountability Committee, and Executive Director of the White Center Community Development Association. Ms. Thompson is National Training and Capacity Development Director for World Vision US Programs. Marc Robinson is director of WSU's Culture and Heritage Houses. In the video, Ms. Savusa and Ms. Thompson discuss educational opportunity gaps and their work with Pacific Islander youth.