The University of Arizona is launching an interdisciplinary center that will work on projects and partnerships with Native American nations to advance tribal communities' efforts to respond to environmental challenges and become more resilient.
The Indigenous Resilience Center will be a partnership between Native Nations and the university's Arizona Institutes for Resilience, Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice and multiple faculty members and academic programs that focus on supporting the resilience of Native and Indigenous communities. Karletta Chief, University Distinguished Outreach Professor of environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and CCASS Advisory Team Member, will serve as the center's director.
"The Indigenous Resilience Center demonstrates the University of Arizona's commitment to building solutions to environmental problems in partnership with tribes. It will deepen our impact, bolster our signature strengths and draw global attention to how world-class research universities can better serve Indigenous communities," University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins said.