Join in photos Program Director for Fielding’s Ed.D. in Leadership for Change, Dr. Barbara Mink, as she travels to this year’s 54th Annual National Indian Education (NIEA) Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then to the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona.
The National Indian Education Association advances comprehensive, culture-based educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed in 1969 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Native educators anxious to find solutions to improve the education system for Native children. The NIEA Convention was established to mark the beginning of a national forum for sharing and developing ideas and influencing federal policy.
NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principles: 1) to bring Native educators together to explore ways to improve schools and the schooling of Native children; 2) to promote the maintenance and continued development of Native languages and cultures; and 3) to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and policymakers.
Based in Washington, D.C., NIEA is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors elected annually by the membership. Executive Director Diana Cournoyer, who reports to the board, leads NIEA’s dedicated staff of advocates.
About The Navajo Education Conference
The 8th Annual Navajo Education Conference is slated for June 7 and 8, 2024, at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona. This conference is a joint effort between Fielding Graduate University, the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Nation Department of Diné Education, the Office of Navajo Scholarship and Financial Assistance (ONNSFA), and Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium.
Barbara Mink, Ed.D.
About Dr. Barbara Mink
Dr. Mink is the Program Director for the Ed.D. in Leadership for Change program at Fielding Graduate University. Since 1978, Dr. Mink has been a professor at the Fielding Graduate University. She teaches and supervises doctoral students in the areas of organizational change, management and leadership, and learning and motivation. Dr. Mink was the Dean (1997-2001) of the Human and Organization Program. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Fielding Graduate University, where she was a member of the Board Executive Committee and was Chair, Board Committee on Diversity and Social Justice. Dr. Mink has also been a lecturer/clinical professor in the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Mink has over thirty-five years of international consulting experience in the areas of leadership development and the design and implementation of organizational change. She has worked with clients in the fields of manufacturing, health care, education, government, communications technology, and banking.
Dr. Mink’s honors include being elected to Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honorary) and the Board of Directors of the Human Resource Planning Society. She has been listed in Outstanding Educators of America, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Association of Community College Trustees and Administrators (TACCTA). She has also been President of TACCTA. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Arc of the Capital Area. She is a life time member of the Austin Area Urban League and the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education.
Dr. Mink has also won poetry and creative writing awards in Texas writing competitions.