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New American Indian Center Director Discusses Graduate Education in Indian Country Today

May 3, 2012

Amy Locklear Hertel

Amy Locklear Hertel, director of the American Indian Center

Amy Locklear Hertel, who directs UNC-Chapel Hill’s American Indian Center, talked about graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill, among other topics, in a recent story within Indian Country Today.

The story, published April 29, 2012, is titled “Amy Locklear Hertel to Head American Indian Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” Tanya Lee wrote the article, with photography provided by Jennifer Hollar Photography and UNC-Chapel Hill photographer Dan Sears.

Locklear Hertel discussed Native graduate education opportunities at UNC-Chapel Hill: “People need to know that this is a friendly place for Native American students and that we have a phenomenal graduate education program. I would like to see the UNC graduate school become first in the nation for American Indian graduate student enrollment as well as research related to American Indian issues. Voted the best value for public colleges in the United States, the university values Native student scholarship, Native research, and professional development for Native scholars.”

Locklear Hertel, of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina, joined the University on May 1. She previously served as a project manager at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is a doctoral candidate at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She earned her master of social work and law degrees at Washington University.

Originally from Fayetteville, Locklear Hertel earned a bachelor of arts degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1997. While at UNC-Chapel Hill, she served as president of the Carolina Indian Circle and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece. She was also one of the founders of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., the country’s oldest Native American Greek letter organization.

Read the entire story in Indian Country Today