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SUNY Canton Student Speaks With President Obama During Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

SUNY Canton student and Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Nation (Bear Clan) member Brayden S. White had a special opportunity to serve as a youth delegate at the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5.

White, a freshmen in the Early Childhood program, participated in a panel discussion with President Obama and four other Native American youth representatives where they examined topics important to indigenous peoples, including education, poverty, health and employment.

SUNY Canton student Brayden S. White, right, asks President Obama about educational opportunities for native youths at the seventh annual Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5.

SUNY Canton student Brayden S. White, right, asks President Obama about educational opportunities for native youths at the seventh annual Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5.

White was one of 24 native youth delegates to attend the conference and was selected by the White House to participate on the panel.

During the hour-long discussion, White asked President Obama how his administration intends to work with tribal education departments to empower low-income Native American youth to pursue a college degree.

Obama replied, saying, “an education is the key to the middle-class life in the modern world,” and pledged to work on better communicating federal grant and student loan opportunities to high schools through a collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of the Interior and local school districts.

The President also stressed the importance of supporting tribal colleges, which he said offer students the opportunity to “get a really good education that is culturally linked and allows young people, sometimes, to stay at home,” noting the challenges Native Americans face when separated from their tribes while attending traditional colleges.

Tribal Nations Conference

The panel was a part of a daylong conference where leaders from 567 federally recognized tribes were able to speak with government officials and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. The conference aims to strengthen relationships with American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

This was White’s second visit to the nation’s capital this year. He previously traveled to Washington, D.C., this summer for the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering as part of the President’s Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative where he met First Lady Michelle Obama.

“This has been an incredible year,” White said. “Both conferences offered unique nation-to-nation relationship-building opportunities, and all of us were able to hear about the issues affecting other native tribes.”

White has also been active on campus to create awareness about Native American culture and traditions. He will serve as president of the newly established Native American Student Association.

“Brayden has been very active in bringing a Native American presence to our campus and exhibits a passion and determination to helping his nation and native peoples,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Native American Student Association adviser William T. Jones, J.D. “He has also been instrumental in working with me to bring native students on campus together.”

To watch the entire panel discussion, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPGb2TmK3DI.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign with Selfie Challenge

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

SUNY Canton is joining the growing movement to combat sexual assault on college campuses by challenging all students to a selfie competition.

Students are encouraged to take photos of themselves promoting the national “It’s On Us” campaign and post them on Instagram and other social media sites.

It's on us

Hundreds of students hold “It’s on Us” signs at a SUNY Canton talent show.

“U.S. President Barack Obama launched the It’s On Us campaign as a rally cry for everyone to realize that the solution to sexual assault and violence begins with all of us,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are joining in the It’s On Us campaign by using social media to promote the theme. It’s a very good thing when SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand, our president and our students all are speaking with one voice about this important issue.”

Student Government Association President Melissa Cummins officially launched the campaign at “Canton’s Got Talent” during Homecoming weekend. She orchestrated a large group photograph of students holding “It’s On Us” signs.

Selfie Competition Details

 Students should post photos promoting the It’s On Us campaign using their own Instagram accounts. The college will monitor responses by searching for the hashtags #sunycanton and #itsonus. Students are also invited to tag the college’s Instagram account, @sunycantongram, when posting their photos. The first-place selfie submission will receive a night out on the town, including transportation and dinner for two at the 1844 House and a movie at the American Theater. Winners will be announced publicly during one of two Oct. 20 sexual assault awareness events listed below.

Entrants are encouraged to take unique selfie-style photos around SUNY Canton and the community holding a sign recognizing the It’s On Us motto or the key points of the campaign. A sample sign is available here. Photo submissions may be retweeted, posted or otherwise used to support the college’s efforts.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

SUNY Canton is sponsoring numerous outreach programs for students during the month of October focusing on sexual assault awareness, prevention and student safety, including:

  • A Break the Chain program focusing on dating, domestic violence and sexual violence beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The program will conclude with a candlelight vigil. Canton’s Renewal House and the college’s Counseling Center and several student clubs are involved with planning the event.
  • The college is also sponsoring the improvisational show “Sex Signals” that explores how social pressures, gender stereotypes and false preconceptions all contribute to the tensions found in dating. Sex Signals will also be held at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The winner of the selfie challenge will be announced at the show.

There will also be several outreach programs in the residence halls and numerous informational tables to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus during the month of October.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.