Speaker: Colette Yellow Robe, PhD
Dr. Yellow Robe is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. She grew up on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska and received her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she now teaches. Her doctoral dissertation, “Learning to Walk in Two Worlds: An Examination of Soul in My Pedagogy,” was an interpretive inquiry about the role of the soul in teaching and about her identity as a Northern Cheyenne educator.
As the Retention Specialist for the Student Support Services program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she teaches Interpersonal Skills for Leadership, a service-learning course, and provides personalized outreach to University students. Her research projects are in Native American education, social justice, and Indigenous Futurism.
Scholar and Community Activism are critical parts of her duties outside of the University. For six years, she provided academic enrichment and workforce development services for local Native American students through the Indian Center Inc., a nonprofit center for urban Native Americans. She became an advocate for missing and murdered Native American women after her cousin died under mysterious circumstances in Billings, Montana. Four out of five Native American women — including Dr. Yellow Robe — have experienced physical or sexual violence.
Among other activities, she serves on the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color, the Lincoln Public Schools’ Diversity Communication Council and the mayor’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.
She has two sons, Chase and Mason.