Ivy Leaguers address homesickness, success during panel discussion

Tommy Lewis, Superintendent of Schools for the Department of Diné Education, speaks to high school students during a panel discussion and college fair at the Navajo Education. (Courtesy photo)

Tommy Lewis, Superintendent of Schools for the Department of Diné Education, speaks to high school students during a panel discussion and college fair at the Navajo Education. (Courtesy photo)

WINDOW ROCK

He was the first in his high school to go to an Ivy League college in five years. He had nowhere to turn for advice so he took to Facebook to find other Native Americans at Ivy League schools.

Jack Martin, a junior at Brown University, didn’t know the first thing about an Ivy League education and recalls turning in his application at the last minute. He had no alumni to turn to and wished he did so he could hear their experience and learn from them.

It’s something that he doesn’t want other Native students to go through alone.

As president of the Ivy Native Council, Martin and fellow council members put together a panel discussion and college fair at the Navajo Education Center in Window Rock on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

The panel consisted of undergraduate and graduate students from Ivy League schools.


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