Udall Scholar Orientation

The Scholar Orientation is a four day conference held each August in Tucson, Arizona, for all new Scholars. The Foundation will arrange travel from the Scholar's home or school; lodging and meals are provided. The Orientation gives new Scholars the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other and Udall alumni, introduces Scholars to the Udall legacy, and offers a variety of educational activities: from visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, to roundtable discussions with experts in Indian law and representatives from the U.S. Department of State, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps. Alumni serve as mentors and role models for new Scholars and welcome them to the Udall community.

The Foundation also offers two one-day, pre-Orientation workshops on a first come, first served basis. The Native Nations Institute (NNI) workshop focuses on the five elements of successful Nation Building and provides an opportunity to examine issues facing Native communities and possible solutions with NNI staff, other Scholars, and Udall alumni in a small-group setting. The Parks in Focus workshop focuses on using photography as a tool for education and exploration, and how to implement community projects that engage youth with nature.

Udall alumni play a vital role in shaping and implementing the Scholar Orientation. Alumni who are interested in helping at Orientation should contact Paula Randler for more information.

Scholars engage with complex issues

At the Desert Museum