2021 Strategic Goals and Upcoming Events

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Education Services Administrator

Amber Silverhorn-Wolfe

 

Phone: 405.247.2425 x171

Email: amber.silverhorn-wolfe@wichitatribe.com

 

About Me: 

I am an enrolled citizen of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and I am of Mexican descent. My pronouns are she/her/hers. 

I started working in this position on September 29th, 2020. Prior to  moving into this role, I worked at the Kiowa Tribe in the Higher Education  Department. I have been blessed to find a career I am deeply passionate about and I hope to do good things for our Wichita people. I want our students to succeed in all they do and my job is to make sure we are supporting them on their journeys. Just a little about me..... I am married to my loving husband Vincent Wolfe. We live in Anadarko, Oklahoma along with our 4 kids, Cambria (Age 2), KyMani (Age 6), Talib (Age 11), and Kaleiya (Age 15). They are all doing virtual learning this year so it has been chaotic in our home but we are managing! Also, I am currently a full-time student at the University of Oklahoma pursing a PhD in Adult and Higher Education. So I am understanding of the problems and situations we are facing as students and as parents.  Please feel free to reach out to our department with suggestions, updates, questions or concerns at any time. We are here to help! 


 

Our Vision:

To support the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes in their continuous efforts to defend and protect our tribal sovereignty; and to enhance the quality of life for the Wichita tribal people and the surrounding community by investing in education and cultural opportunities.

 

Our Mission: 

To assist Wichita tribal members in obtaining self-sufficiency and enhance their quality of life by providing educational, cultural and financial support through one-on-one counseling, outreach, and collaborative partnerships.

 

 

2021 Strategic Goals

Short Term:

 

  • to provide quality service through the modernization of the Education Department
  • to reinforce program organization and procedures
  • to strengthen partnerships and collaborative efforts
  • to focus on more activities involving culture and language
  • to ensure that comprehensive, culturally appropriate curriculum and resources are available and accessible to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Increase college student enrollment by 15% in the next year.

 

Long Term:

 

  • to implement an online application management system
  • to streamline the application and review process for all Education programs
  • to form an advisory board to assess resource availability, accreditation, and critical mass for the creation of a tribal college or institute.
  • to immerse Wichita culture and language into all aspects of the Education department
  • Increase student graduation numbers by 50%     

 

 

Upcoming Projects


  • Update applications
  • Update website
  • Implement #GivingTuesday to raise funds/donations for the creation of an Indigenous library ----to date over 80 books have been donated!
  • Student of the Month starting January 2021----recent approval for this project has been given so we are advertising now and will be sharing Jan-March winners in the April Wichita Tribal newspaper
  • Email Christmas cards to all our College/University students---we created a virtual cards to send this past December.
  • Email/Mail Birthday cards to all our Wichita students in our programs
  • Implement a financial management component for the students/clients who apply for funding through our programs
  • Create "how to" videos for our website---fill out applications, FAFSA, apply for college, etc.
  • Develop an education assessment along with Bacone College to gage the need for education classes, courses, enrollment, training, etc. for tribal citizens and Wichita tribal employees for the overall goal of degree completion or job enhancement.----in process