Cedric Woods Candidate Statement and Bio: I am the founding Director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology. While at UMass Boston, I have collaborated on acquiring funding for initiatives in the areas of pre-collegiate programming for Native youth, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining UMass Boston, I worked over a decade in tribal government administration for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. I received my B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, M.A. from the University of Arizona-Tucson, and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.
As a Native academic, I value NAISA as a critical organization to connect scholarship with Native and Indigenous communities. As such, I was honored to serve as co-chair of the host committee for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 2012 annual conference. It is this experience, and our collaborative approach to hosting that conference, which I believe prepares me to assume the role of Treasurer. As co-chair, I worked diligently in the areas of financial management, site planning, and developing reports to the NAISA council. This involved tracking revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorships, in-kind contributions, advertisements, vendors, and registration.