Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Fostering Success in Higher Education: Creating Culturally Engaging Campus Environments for Native American Students

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

October 17 at 7pm

This event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association to celebrate  Indigenous Peoples Day.

Ashley McMillan is a member of the Lumbee Tribe from Lumberton, NC. She graduated from Lumberton High School in 2005 and was the first person in her family to attend college, making the decision to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2009. In 2011, she graduated with a Master of Social Work from Boston College. Ashley is a current doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina State University.

Before starting a career in student and academic affairs, she worked as a mental health therapist for children and adults who experienced trauma and other mental health disorders. She has a background in student and academic affairs, serving in NC State’s Fraternity and Sorority Life department and Graduate Admissions for the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She currently works with the Northeast Leadership Academy, a principal training program that prepares high-quality principals to work in low-income and rural communities across North Carolina.

Ashley strives to be a servant leader and give back to her local community. She has served on NC State’s American Indian Advisory Committee, been an evaluator for the Gates Millennium Scholars administered through the American Indian Graduate Center, served as a mentor for Big Brother Big Sister of the Triangle, volunteered with the kids ministry at Summit Church and taught parenting classes for fathers with a history of domestic violence.

Ashley is passionate about ensuring students from rural, low-income, underrepresented communities have equitable access to education and after graduating with her Ph.D. hopes to be in a role that helps students of color, especially American Indian students, fulfill their potential and earn a college education

This event will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


October 17
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Categories:
, ,


Heather Hawn, Professor of Political Science


Belk Auditorium
100 Athletic St
Mars Hill, NC 28754 United States
+ Google Map