Jessica Glidden is dedicated to providing Hopkins' Native American students with the best educational opportunities possible and that includes creating an environment where their unique cultural needs are met and respected. As an Ojibwe from the Bois Forte band of Chippewa in northern Minnesota, Glidden knows how important that can be.
“There is so much knowledge and rich cultural experiences that come from our connections to our reservations, and I feel it is important to pass those teachings onto our youth,” Glidden said.
By creating a space that honors and celebrates the rich culture and diversity of scholars, we can make meaningful connections which can have a direct impact on positive educational outcomes.
Q: What is your proudest moment when working with a student?
Being able to recognize our American Indian Seniors in a Feather Ceremony last spring. During that ceremony, an Ojibwe Elder and I were able to present these graduates with an Eagle Feather, the highest honor you can receive as a Native American. This is monumental for the American Indian community because just 43 years ago practicing our culture in public was illegal. We plan to do this Feather Ceremony each year for our graduating seniors.
Q: What excites you about Vision 2031?
I love that the core values of Vision 2031 overlap with some of my Ojibwe values — specifically, the humility of heart. I think these values and ways of thinking allow for continued learning and growth in an authentic way. I am so excited to be a part of a future-forward community and ultimately, I am excited for our scholars to pass on these teachings to the next generation. We want to be the ancestors the next generation is proud of.