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LeRoy Saiz


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Na notokah LeRoy Saiz. Nimasewalli wan niewketl atlixko yankwik mexko, nohkiya niwallawki Denver, Colorado. Noteixmatkawan tlen nonanan ewah yankwik mexko wan mexkotlalli. Noteixmatkawan tlen notatah ewah mexkotlalli wan yankwik mexko nohkiya.

My name is LeRoy Saiz and I am from Atrisco in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, I have lived over 30 years in Denver, Colorado. Presently, I am back in Albuquerque, New Mexico, attending the University of New Mexico where I am enrolled in a doctoral program through the School of Education.

My educational background consists of a high school diploma from Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado. I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Political Science, a Masters of Arts in Ethnic Studies, from Colorado State University, a Master’s of Science in Native American Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and I am currently earning a Doctorate of Philosophy in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies with an emphasis on educational thought and sociocultural studies.

My professional background is entirely focused in education. I have worked for 15 years in Native Education at Jefferson County Public Schools, located in Golden, Colorado. In Jeffco Schools, I was the program coordinator for their Title VI Indian Education Program. Currently, I am a professor for Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University, an instructor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico, and a parttime instructor in American Studies, Native American Studies, and Chicana/o/x Studies at Central New Mexico Community College.

Of the work I am most proud of at CNM is the Mellon Grant’s, New Mexico Humanities Now Transfer Pathways Program. I have had the opportunity to create clear pathways for CNM students to transfer into UNM’s humanities programs. The work I have done within the Transfer Pathways program has consisted of student mentoring, community organizing, and curriculum development, to name a few of the amazing features of the program. Finally, of the most valuable aspects of the program is working with students, educators, and community.