Dawn Hardison-Stevens ’14

Dawn Hardison-Stevens smiling in a read jacket in front of a green tree
Dawn Hardison-Stevens

Dawn Hardison-Stevens (Omushkeg Cree-Metis, Ojibway, Cowlitz, Steilacoom) ’14 (GSLC, PhD) is Assistant Professor in Native Education for The University of Washington Tacoma School of Education’s inaugural Muckleshoot Tribal partnership. The majority of students in their monumental incoming Master’s Cohort are Native American/First Nations. Hardison-Stevens is an experienced educator providing leadership and advocacy to promote academic success for Native students, families, and communities, and students throughout their careers focusing on positive change in Native communities within academic systems through personal experience as a practitioner and professional examining and identifying perspectives from people within schools, tribal communities, and Native leadership. Hardison-Stevens will be building on and supporting the creation of advancing Indigenous/Tribal partnerships in the South Puget Sound and Washington State.

Additionally, she has published the chapter “Learning With Each Other: A Relational Indigenous Leadership Philosophy” within Unsettling Settler-Colonial Education: The Transformational Indigenous Praxis Model (Teachers College Press, 2022).

Read more about Dr. Hardison-Stevens and her dissertation Knowing the Indigenous Leadership Journey: Indigenous People Need the Academic System as Much as the Academic System Needs Native People here.