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It’s Good to Be Home: An American Indian Professor’s Journey

Dr. Proudfit (far left) and CSUSM President Dr. Karen Haynes (far right) stands alongside  graduates at the 2015 American Indian Honoring Ceremony.

Dr. Proudfit (far left) and CSUSM President Dr. Karen Haynes (far right) stand alongside graduates at the 2015 American Indian Honoring Ceremony.

By Joely Proudfit, Ph.D.
Director, California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center
Department Chair, American Indian Studies

My first exposure to the CSU was in 1987, when a CSU Long Beach (CSULB) college counselor came to my high school to speak with students who were preparing to attend college. For the sole purpose of skipping class, I accompanied my best friend to his scheduled one-on-one visit with the counselor. That same counselor ended up changing my life that day. She asked me what my plans were after graduation and I told her that I would probably be joining the military because I would need a place to live, since my aunt was only willing to house me until graduation. She then told me about dorms and recommended that I apply for college.  When I became the first member of my family to graduate high school, I decided to take the counselor’s advice and applied to CSULB. I was the last person to move into the campus dorms in fall 1987. From there, I was led by wonderful CSU professors who told me about the CSU Forgivable Loan, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I am so humbled today by the opportunities that the CSU has provided me – I now look to serve, mentor and educate at every occasion. More …

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