Alumni Stories

Irvin D. Harrison

Heading the Native American Student Center at CalPoly

by Mary Conrad

After finishing all but his dissertation in higher education administration at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University, Irvin Harrison worked as the director of the Native American House and assistant dean of students at the University of Illinois-at Urbana-Champagne. He then returned to California to become the coordinator of the Native American Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona.

A member of the Navajo Tribe, Irvin was also an instructor in the Native American Scholars and Collaborators Project at San Diego State University that trains Native American graduate students in the field of school counseling and school psychology. The project's goal is to encourage Native American youths to succeed and schools to understand their cultures and communities.

As an undergraduate, Irvin excelled at UNM, where he was active in the Alumni Trailblazers and the University Honors Program. He was named a McNair Scholar, and was the student speaker at Commencement in 2002.


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