Postdoctoral Scholar, Arizona State University Center for Indian Education
Amanda R. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water clan) born for Tl’izilani (Many Goats clan). Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tábaahí (Water’s Edge) and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Ashiihi (Salt).
Amanda is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University where she advances ideas and strategies to increase Native college student success. She received her doctoral degree in Higher Education at The University of Arizona (UA). Her research interests include college access and persistence for Native Americans; use of Indigenous qualitative methodologies; and societal conditions influencing college student success. She has lead efforts in a dynamic two-tiered mentoring program, Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access, and Resiliency) where Native graduate students mentor Native undergraduate students who in turn provide college knowledge mentorship to Native high school students. She has also been part of a dynamic group of scholars through the UA’s Native American Higher Education Research Initiative, where practice-relevant research is examined to improve the educational success of Native American students. She has published thought pieces in the Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and The Hill through her role as a Public Voices Op-Ed Fellow. In September 2015, she was recognized by President Barack Obama with the White House Champions of Change: Young Women Empowering Communities award.