Jon-Greendeer-WSUIn honor of Native American Heritage Month, Winona State University will host President of the Ho Chunk Nation and speaker, Jon Greendeer for “Civic Engagement: Becoming Your Environment” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in East Hall in Kryzsko Commons.

Greendeer grew up on the Onedia reservation with his parents and seven siblings. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Country and graduated with an associate degree and served as the campus Vice President of Student Organization. Greendeer continued his education, receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and served as its Multicultural and Diversity Issues Director for the Student Government Association.

He also worked in the office of the president serving as the nation’s executive administrative officer and managed the executive directors as an active member of the Wisconsin legislative special committee on state-tribal relations.

Greendeer received his certification as a mediator in workplace employment and served as a liaison to consult meetings with the state’s departments.

He enjoys volunteering by giving tours to our nation’s facilities and speaking with college and K-12 students on Native American sovereignty, politics and government.

“No matter how much support surrounds you, success can only be achieved by determination and will power,” he said. “For the many who have helped me greatly, I am enthusiastic to return the favor and help create role models for good health.”

This event is sponsored by Winona State University Inclusion and Diversity Office, Southeast Technical College, WSU—Rochester, WSU Diversity Clubs, Organization and KEAP Center.

For more information, contact Alexander Hines, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, via email: AHines@winona.edu.

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