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Coffee and Conversations — Supporting Native American Students


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Coffee and Conversations — Supporting Native American Students

Join us for an hour of coffee and conversations, at the new Unity and Understanding Center *, where we discuss important matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will be a safe place for the exploration and discussion of difficult topics, centered around race, gender and sexuality, cultural inequality, and social justice to name a few. Hawkeye students, faculty, and staff will also have a chance to:

  • Connect with each other.
  • Exchange ideas about changes related to diversity, equity, and inclusion that we would like to see on campus.
  • Exchange stories and experiences.
  • Learn more about the upcoming U2 center.
  • Explore ways to take action on our campus.
  • Enjoy coffee and cookies

* The Unity and Understanding Center is located in Hawkeye Center 202, the former Bookstore.

This Month's Topic: Supporting Native American Students

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, join us for a talk from, guest speaker, Sonja Bock and a discussion on how we can best serve Native American students on our campus and in our community.

Sonja Bock will be joining us on campus to speak about the history of Native Americans, current issues, how the Navajo has been impacted by COVID, and land acknowledgement. Hear from Sonja in her introduction below!

Guest Speaker, Sonja Bock

My name is Ms. Sonja Lee Bock, M.A. and I am Native American and African American. I was born in South Dakota and raised in the rich cultural heritage of the Lakota people. My adult life has been dedicated to creating awareness about diversity and inclusion. I have been teaching sociology for nearly eight years now. I also have lectured across the state about diversity issues within education and Native American culture. Genealogy is one of my hobbies that helps connect me to my personal history. My belief is we can create a better future from learning about our past.

Conversation topics will be posted each month. Email Hiram Marquez for more information.


  1. diversity and inclusion
  2. student activity
  3. students
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