Supporting the Educational Journey in Native American Student Programs, Nora Pulskamp
Nóra Pulskamp is a member of the Navajo nation. She was born and raised in Los Angeles California and has strong ties to her family on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. Nóra has been involved heavily involved in the Los Angeles Native community her entire life. From the time she could walk she has been dancing at pow wows which lead to her involvement with the Southern California Indian Center (SCIC) as a student in their cultural dance workshops. During middle school she became more involved with SCIC’s education component and was one of the founding members of their Intertribal Student Council (ISC). Nóra attended public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and became the first student to chair LAUSD’s Title VII Indian Education committee. Through these and other programs Nóra had the opportunity to serve as an ambassador at many state and national education conferences.
Nóra attended UCLA where she was heavily involved with the American Indian Student Association and was elected as their pow wow director for two years. She also worked with the Alliance Against Racial Mascots (AlARM) to lobby against the use of Native mascots in public institutions. During her time as a student Nóra was awarded the Women of Change award from UCLA in recognition of her work in the Native community. Nóra graduated from UCLA with her B.A. in psychology in 2003.
After graduating from UCLA Nóra worked at La Raza Galeria Posada, a Latino art gallery and community center before returning to UCLA as the director of the American Indian Recruitment (AIR) project where she served in that position for four years. Nóra then worked as a Tribal Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau where she played an important role in strengthening relationships in the Los Angeles Native community. In 2010 Nóra received the honor of being chosen as UCLA’s Native woman of the year. In April of 2011 Nóra was chosen to serve a year long term as Ms. UCLA Pow Wow and serve as an ambassador for UCLA’s Native students. Nóra is also a founding and current member of the Furthering Indian Rights in Education (FIRE) committee which advocates and advises on behalf of the Native community to UCLA’s administration.