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Director's Welcome

Please join us in reading a welcome from Dr. Megan Bang!   Dr. Bang (Ojibwe and Italian descent) is a Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) in Learning Sciences and Psychology. Dr. Bang is a member of the National Academies of Education and also serves on the Board of Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences. Megan is a lifelong educator and proud mother, auntie, and grandmother. Megan will lead CNAIR through the next phase of the CNAIR strategic plan that includes strengthening the capacity to support community-engaged research with Native American and Indigenous communities.  To read more about Dr. Bang’s research areas and accomplishments, follow this link:


Boozhoo, Posoh, Shekoi, Ahau (hello),

Greetings and a welcome back to all of our CNAIR friends and family! We hope you had a great summer filled with family, healing and lots of adventures.   It was great to see so many of you attend the Native American and Indigenous Welcome Back reception in partnership with Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at the end of September.  

It promises to be an amazing academic year for all of us!  Our affiliated faculty are launching a number of new research projects and deepening partnerships with Tribal Nations and communities across several States.  If you are interested in research and want to learn more  please connect with us.  You also you can't miss the quarterly brown bag series!  We'll be posting opportunities throughout the year including CNAIR fellowships for undergraduate, graduate and faculty.  We have a number of new collaborative events planned with our campus partners in Pritzker, Feinberg and more.    

The CNAIR house (515 Clark Street, Evanston, IL) will continue to welcome you with space available for study and student meetings throughout the year and includes a library, free printing, coffee and snacks.   

I am looking forward to meeting and catching up with you all soon and as always, we are grateful for your continued friendship, support and allyship!  We wish you a great academic and personal success this year and look forward to times together. 


Megan Bang, CNAIR Director