Welcome to the Winds of Change 2021 National Conference Wrap-Up issue! I hope this annual digital edition will bring back great memories of that incredible event. If you weren’t able to be with us in Phoenix, the pictures and stories here will give you a taste of the energy that reverberated throughout the convention center over those amazing four days.
For me and your entire AISES staff, this 2021 National Conference was especially gratifying. The staff worked hard to plan a safe and worthwhile event, and we were so pleased to see attendance surpass our highest expectations. But it wasn’t only AISES member-participants who showed up in surprising numbers — this conference also attracted the most sponsors ever. We are very grateful to all the conference sponsors, both those who have loyally supported AISES events over the years and those who are just joining us.
The College and Career Fair is always a signature part of every National Conference, and 2021 was no exception. We welcomed many new exhibitors this year, and for the first time in 2021 conference-goers could attend both the in-person event and a virtual component of the College and Career Fair, held October 15.
As always, there was a long list of interesting and inspiring sessions on a wide range of topics. It’s always hard to choose which to attend, and we thank all the presenters. Possibly even more inspiring are the research presentations by our amazing students. I hope you had an opportunity to chat with some of these young people about their work and their hopes for the future.
Of course, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are especially meaningful to me. Seeing the AISES family come together for everything from the Regional Shout-Out to the presentation of the highest AISES awards is truly special. From the student representatives to our Council of Elders, many were able to take an active role in perpetuating these important AISES traditions. I hope you will join us in 2022 for all the traditions and surprises of another National Conference. See you in Palm Springs!
Ta’Tura Tsiksu (With Much Respect),
Sarah EchoHawkPawnee Nation of OklahomaAISES Chief Executive Officer