Meskwaki Settlement students visit UNI

The University of Northern Iowa College of Education has developed a partnership with the Meskwaki Settlement. A total of 24 youth came to UNI for a weeklong summer camp June 22 through 28. Camp participants had the opportunity to engage in daily activities in the classroom as well as explore campus and the Cedar Valley area.

Meskwaki summer camp
Camp participants engaged in daily activities that got them familiar with campus.

"We learned about their culture, and also how we cross culture within our communities," said Nicole Lewis, camp counselor.

Dean of the College of Education Dwight C. Watson helped plan the Meskwaki summer camp. Watson wanted participants to realize that "our campus is open, affirming and an inclusive place in which culture and traditions are embraced and celebrated."

While at UNI, Meskwaki students tried many different activities. "These students love to be active," said Lewis. "They want to play sports and go to the Wellness and Recreation Center." Some of the other activities the campers enjoyed were the "This is Our Land" exhibit, Train Like a UNI Football Player activity and the Fly Like an Eagle (rocket simulation) activity.

"This is just one of many to come and we want to develop a relationship to get the campers familiar within UNI," said Kenneth Reid, camp coordinator. During the camp, this included staying on campus, eating in the dining halls, touring academic buildings and learning what programs UNI has to offer.

For more information about this camp and others offered at UNI during the summer, visit www.uni.edu/camps/.

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