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EAC Intertribal Club honored for community service, promoting diversity and inclusion


Above Photo By Monique Saldana/EAC: From left, EAC President Todd Haynie, EAC alumna Preston Kenton, Executive Director for United National Indian Tribal Youth, EAC alumna Mary Kim Titla, and San Carlos Apache Tribal Council Member David Nozie take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

By Kris McBride/EAC. THATCHER — More than 40 members of Eastern Arizona College’s Intertribal Club were honored at a ribbon-cutting ceremony and luncheon to officially open two high-visibility crosswalks on the college’s Thatcher Campus. Intertribal Club members were also recognized for promoting and modeling diversity and inclusion and respecting the contributions of everyone.

The event began with club member Trinette Begay welcoming San Carlos Apache Tribal Councilman David Nozie; Mary Kim Titla, a Native American youth advocate and former TV news broadcaster, school administrator, and EAC Intertribal Club member; Juan Carlos Erickson, director of external corporate communications at Nature Sweet; Todd Haynie, EAC president; and, other college administrators.

“Because of their proposal these areas were turned into high-visibility crosswalks that include warning signage, enhanced striping, and curb extensions,” Haynie said. “The Intertribal Club’s contributions benefit everyone. They consistently focus on the greater good, something that is needed now more than ever.”

Eastern Arizona College’s Intertribal Club is one of the College’s longest-running and most active student organizations. Since the early 1970s, the Intertribal Club has empowered hundreds of students by raising awareness of indigenous cultures and strengthening college access and success. The club models EAC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by welcoming all individuals.

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