American Indian Studies
Dana Reijerkerk, raised in Buffalo, New York, graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in American Indian studies. Some of her proudest accomplishments at UNC Pembroke include winning awards for her student organization, receiving a PURC grant, and being involved in consistent community service. Being in the Honors College gave Dana more networking opportunities with faculty and staff, which was very rewarding for her.
Dana’s senior project was a research paper about rape rates of American Indians in Robeson and its surrounding counties. Interviews were conducted with the local rape crisis centers and incorporated into the paper. Rape among tribal communities is often under the radar of the American public and thus this prominent endemic is overlooked.
After graduation Dana started her job search, so that in 2017 she will be able to further her education. Dana advises honors students that in order to excel one must go beyond class work and push oneself. Her greatest memory at UNCP was taking the Chinese Club to a traditional Chinese festival in Raleigh because the students loved it and it was fun for everyone to immerse himself or herself in the culture.
Title: Rape Rates of American Indians in Robeson and Surrounding Counties
Mentor: Mary Ann Jacobs