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Nizhoni Marks

Native American Student Success Associate Director

Tt'iízí lání nishtj doo Dibé tizhiní báshíshchíímn. Kinyaa'áánii dashicheíí doo Tsi'naajinii dashinálí. Jadito, Arizona dee nasha. Akoteehgo asdzání nishtí.

I am from the Manygoats clan born into the Blacksheep peoples clan. My maternal grandfather is from the Towering House clan and my paternal grandfather is from the Black Streak Forest People clan. I come from Jeddito, Arizona. This is what makes me a Diné woman. 

Nizhoni's career has focused on fostering underrepresented Indigenous and minority student success. She recently concluded 5 years as American Indian Programs Student Services Specialist at Scottsdale Community College on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona. Earlier she served as Paradise Valley Community College Hoop of Learning Program Coordinator, worked with Media-Art-Xchanges delivering art and new media to underserved youth, and completed Bimaadiziwin/Atonheteri:io (Advanced Indigenous Knowledge Apprenticeship) in Diné Weaving. Nizhoni earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and her Bachelors in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University. She completed doctoral coursework in Indigenous Studies at Trent University (Peterborough, ON, Canada) where here curriculum was immersed in Anishinaabe culture. Nizhoni is a member of the Diné Nation in Arizona.