Dartmouth Names Director of Native American Program
Sarah Palacios has begun her new role as Director of the Native American Program (NAP) at Dartmouth College, which has the highest rate of Native American undergraduate enrollment and the most Native American alumni in the Ivy League. Palacios, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, is the first Native American Program Director Dartmouth has recruited since Susan Taffe Reed resigned in 2015 following a dispute about her ancestry and tribal affiliation. The 2005 Stanford University graduate earned her MBA at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management and has worked in alumni relations for more than a dozen years. Most recently, she served as Director of Alumni Relations at the Thacher School, a private boarding school in Ojai, CA. Before that, she served as Director of Alumni Relations at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM -- roles that she says taught her how to build programs and engage people and communities. “For me to be able to bring my professional experiences, my experience as an undergraduate, and my passion and devotion to the advancement of Native American communities to Dartmouth feels like the perfect fit for me,” she said. NAP was founded in the 1970s, when the College rededicated itself to its founding mission of educating Native students. NAP partners with the College and tribal communities nationally to assist in students’ personal, social, intellectual, and ethical development so they can become life-long learners and responsible leaders. More here.