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Date of Award

Spring 6-9-2023

Author Requested Restriction

Restrict to UW for 1 year - then make Open Access

Work Type

Dissertation in Practice

Degree Name

Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)


Educational Leadership



First Advisor

M. Billye Sankofa Waters

Second Advisor

Cleo Wölfle Hazard

Third Advisor

Dawn E. Hardison-Stevens


This dissertation of practice is a thorough and reflexive examination of self and identity as I seek to explore relationship, as a white woman administrator at a community college, with Indigenous peoples without causing further harm with the goal of supporting Indigenous identity, self-determination, and restoration of land. Using the method of critical autoethnography interrogated through the lens of feminist epistemology, I explore questions of losing/discovering home, losing/discovering (my) mother, and grief in order to engage my whole self in my relations with my colleagues, my family and friends, and my community in the pursuit of liberatory action.