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WINS Welcomes Changes

Department Spotlight

WINS Welcomes Changes

Focus on growth and development

By Chloë Troia

wins powwow

Since its humble beginnings in the summer of 1994, WINS has grown into a thriving, year-round program committed to educating students experientially through internships, academics and cultural immersion. Experiencing consistent growth for almost twenty years, WINS now serves over 100 students each year and its diverse alumni have gone onto successful careers in fields as diverse as film, non-profit work, education and government.

Despite the success, WINS is not done with its growth and change. In addition to the re-branding of its parent school, the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS), WINS has an exciting summer and school year planned.

Benjamin Colbert, WINS Program Assistant explains that WINS will continue to concentrate on its three main components: academic, cultural and professional, but will focus on strengthening and improving all three. The team at WINS is excited about the recent change and is committed to the growth and development of WINS and SPExS as a whole.

In an effort to showcase their program to AU and the DC community at large, WINS is hosting a Powwow this Saturday on main campus. With everything from Native traditions to drumming and dancing to a jalapeño eating contest, the Powwow is sure to be an exciting and memorable event for all.

In addition to honoring Native American culture, there’s no question that the event will symbolize the revitalization and relaunch of the program.

WINS Powwow
Saturday, July 14th 2012
11AM - 5PM
American University (main quad)
4400 Massachusetts Ave, Washington DC

For questions contact Benjamin Colbert (