This past October, Jarrid Whitney (Six Nations Cayuga) made one last visit to campus as a member of the Alumni Council for the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE).
To the best of everyone's knowledge, Jarrid was the first Native American to serve on the council and he hopes he won't be the last. While on campus, HUNAP had the opportunity to catch up with Jarrid to discuss his time on the council, learn what he's been doing since graduation, and also reminisce about his time as a student at Harvard.
The HGSE Alumni Council is comprised of approximately twenty-seven members who volunteer their time to build and strengthen the relationship between alumni members and HGSE. Serving on four-year terms, Jarrid is in the final year of his appointment and will cycle off at the end of the school year. During his time on the council Jarrid sat on the Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee and met with students and faculty to learn how HGSE could improve the campus environment both in and outside of the classroom.
Some of the highlights that Jarrid experienced included seeing two HGSE Native alumni members awarded by the Alumni Council for their Outstanding Contribution to Education. In 2015, Denise Juneau was selected for her contributions, as then, Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and in 2016, Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz was awarded for her work at the American Indian College Fund.
If any HGSE alumni are interested in serving on the Alumni Council, please feel free to reach out to HUNAP and we can get you in touch with Jarrid to learn more.
Jarrid Whitney graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2006 with a Masters in Education. During his time at Harvard he studied in the Higher Education program focusing on access and equity issues for underserved populations, and was also the Head Man Dancer for the 2006 Harvard Powwow. Currently, Jarrid is the Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Caltech in Pasadena, CA.