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CMN Students Cap Leadership Experience
With World Conference Retreat in Hawaii


Embrey Scholars
(l to r) Teri Zhuckkahosee, Melissa Wilber, Melinda Cook
Mani Boyd
Manih Boyd

It may be the case that College of Menominee Nation's students get more exciting travel opportunities than undergraduates at almost any other college. For evidence, consider the experiences of Manih Boyd, Melinda Cook, Melissa Wilber and Teri Zhuckkahosee.


Four years ago, Cook, Wilber and Zhuckkahosee were chosen to participate in a Women's Leadership Program funded through the Embrey Foundation and American Indian College Fund. In 2013, Boyd was also selected for the program. As Embrey Fellows, participants were able to attend bi-annual retreats at various destinations, including Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The program wraps up this Spring with a final retreat on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, where they will attend the World Indigenous People's Conference on Education.


The Embrey program has been providing tuition and mentorship support to participants as they build leadership skills and fostering their capacity for community involvement in their chosen fields. Like many other programs available to CMN students, the opportunities for travel have been an added benefit. In recent semesters, other students have traveled to Alaska, New York, South Dakota, Kansas, Oregon and Belize, Central America, for conferences, internships and other special learning opportunities.