Native American Cultural Keynote Speaker: Diana Gates

Friday, November 12, 2021 7pm to 8:30pm

1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Diana Gates (Nottoway) is the Training and Resource Development Coordinator with the National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development. Ms. Gates has a decade of experience building capacity at the local level to enhance sovereignty in community-based education, with an emphasis on embedding Native culture and language into high quality educational opportunities for Native children and youth. Her experience also includes supporting community-engaged approaches to research and evaluation in Tribal communities, with an emphasis on telling stories of community-based solutions through their own voices and lenses. She is in her fourth year of appointment to the Virginia Council on Women, an advisory council in the Executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Council is to identify ways in which women can reach their full potential and make their full contribution to society and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Diana earned her Master's of Social Work from Columbia University, her Master's of Education from Delta State University, and her Bachelor of Arts in International and Humanitarian Affairs from James Madison University. She currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two children, Nikonha and Hamonti.

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