Shelly C. Lowe has been named the new executive director of Harvard University’s Native American Program (HUNAP). The appointment becomes effective this July.
An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Lowe grew up on the Navajo reservation in Ganado, Ariz. Before coming to HUNAP, Lowe held the position of assistant dean for Native American Affairs in the Yale College Deans Office and was director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University. Prior to her position at Yale, she spent six years as the graduate education program facilitator for the American Indian Studies Programs at the University of Arizona. During her time at the University of Arizona she was actively involved in the Native American Student Affairs Office and the American Indian Alumni club. She has served on the board of the National Indian Education Association and as a trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian.
Lowe is completing her doctorate in higher education with a focus on American Indian student success and services. She will be the guest of honor at HUNAP’s student-faculty dinner on April 16. In the interim, Lowe will be continuing to work with the HUNAP staff and faculty to help lay a solid groundwork for continuing to move HUNAP forward next year.