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Mary Hermes Featured in Sacramento Bee for expertise on Native Language education and Student Engagement

HermesM-Pref2011.jpgUniversities across the country are beginning to leverage studies in Native languages and cultures in order to address issues in engagement and retention. In a recent article in the Sacramento Bee, Visiting Professor, Mary (Fong) Hermes (Curriculum and Instruction) weighs in on the benefits these efforts in scholarship and cultural preservation provide.

"Native language education can help student engagement and cultural preservation while building a link between campus and community, particularly when many indigenous languages are endangered," says Hermes.

"Many languages were lost after earlier generations were forced to speak English in schools, preventing speakers from passing the language on to children. When a university values a student's language and culture, that helps the student."

Hermes' current research focuses on capturing and archiving everyday speaking in Ojibwe, an endangered Minnesota indigenous language.

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