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Faculty Lecture Series Kicks Off Tuesday, April 29


Erik Lee
Professor Erik Lee.
Photo by D.Kakkak, CMN

The College of Menominee Nation's 2014 Faculty Lecture Series kicks off with an address at 12 Noon on Tuesday, April 29, by Professor Erik Lee, who holds a Master of Science in Nursing and serves on the CMN Nursing faculty. The lecture series is free of charge and open to the public. Lee's talk will be held in the mezzanine classroom of the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library on the campus at N172 Hwy. 47/55 in Keshena.


Drawing on his professional experience in nursing, military and tribal college settings, Lee will share his insights on “A Model for Addressing Culture Issues in Learning and Work Environments.” Nursing education is the example, Lee says, but the concepts and approaches can be applied to teaching and learning in almost any work place or field of study. The model he will describe uses a number of case studies that explored cultural conflicts from many points of view. These range from ethnicity, gender, religious convictions and customs, generational norms, family, workplace conflict and resolution, to concepts of culture including simple acculturation.


“The settings of these case studies are within health care,” Lee says, “but could apply to a variety of business, industry or other settings simply by changing the location from a hospital to another specific place of work. The model includes lists of questions for the students or workers to answer, and key points relevant to the particular case study being considered.


Lee notes that as a culturally-based institution, the College of Menominee Nation has always been ahead of the curve in regard to cultural competence. “Many other colleges and universities have inserted cultural awareness into a curriculum, mainly in the form of a single course,” he says. “CMN, on the other hand, has taken culture into its very identity and has committed to including culture in every program and every course. It can be seen across the curriculum.”


The inclusion of cultural issues is especially evident in CMN’s Nursing department, which at its inception adopted as its Nursing model the five Clans of the Menominee Nation, Lee says. “Other nursing programs start with a model and insert culture into it. We started with a culture and built a nursing program around it.”


Along with his M.S.N. from Walden University, Lee holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Certified Respiratory Therapist credentials from the U.S. Army Academy of Health Services.


The CMN Faculty Lecture Series will continue in early Fall semester with an address by Professor Lisa Bosman on CMN’s Solar Energy Initiative.