Thought Leader, Advocate, Educator, Scholar, Writer
Hello, all my relatives. It is good to see you all. I am a citizen of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma. My Myaamia name is Neehweeta, which means She Speaks. Nichole is my English name. I show my respect to you all.
Areas of expertise: Native American/Indigenous Studies, Education, and Issues, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, P20/Higher Ed, Student Success.
Honor the faith of our ancestors. The gap between the country we are and the one we aspire to be endures, and we have the power to close that gap. Planning meaningfully for the future involves considering the impact of the next seven generations as we acknowledge, respect, and build upon the past.
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Nichole has a Ph.D. in History from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, two M.A. degrees in History and Women’s Studies from SUNY and Miami University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin.
Nichole is assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for one of the largest university systems in the US. She is responsible for leading and supporting student success initiatives system-wide. Her work addresses the student success continuum, PK-20 and into the workforce, with a special focus on strategy, policy, data, and partnerships.
Nichole has presented at numerous academic conferences, published several articles, and has been a keynote speaker both domestically and internationally. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, is a member of the Governing Council of the National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education, was recently appointed to the Dripping Springs Historic Preservation Commission, and was elected to the Miami University Foundation Board.
Nichole is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma (Myaamia) and actively supports the culture and language revitalization efforts of her people. Born in Oklahoma, Nichole was raised on the Texas/Mexico border before she moved to Austin as a first-generation college student. She has maintained strong engagement with the broader Native American community and works to further equity-focused initiatives for the indigenous community personally as well as professionally.
She lives in Texas with her wife, two kids, two dogs, and three cats.