We're pleased to present our Friday lunchtime featured guest for the 2016 Michigan Nursing Summit, September 29-30: Suzanne Cross, LMSW, PhD, LLC (Bneshiinh kwe - Birdwoman). Dr. Cross will be presenting “Healing Through Culture and Art Shawl Project” a Heart Disease Awareness program for Native American Women.
Most recently Dr. Cross has served as a Tribal Facilitator for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. She is an Associate Professor Emeritus who has taught for 20 years at Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Arizona State, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. She is a citizen of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. Her research includes Indian Child Welfare, Historical Trauma, Student Recruitment and Retention, and the Impact of Culture on the Experience of Physical Pain within the American Indian population. She has presented on Heart Disease and the Value of Culture in Raising Awareness in Tribal Nation Communities. She has served on the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Board of Directors (2006-2008), recipient of a CSWE Sr. Scholar Award (2007-2008) to research The Status of American Indians in Social Work Higher Education, and Chaired the CSWE Native American Task Force for three years. She received the Mit Joyner Gerontology Award 2012 from the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors for her work with American Indian Elders. She continues to work with several Tribal Nations and is a Board Member of the Ziibiwing Culture Center.
Dr. Cross is a traditional dancer, beadwork, and shawl artisan. Her Gift of Another Day for Ovarian Cancer Awareness collection is currently on exhibit at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Hospital. The Healing through Culture and Art Heart Disease Awareness Shawl Collection was on exhibit at the Ziibwing Culture Center in 2015, and scheduled for an exhibit at the University of Michigan Hospital from Dec. 19, 2016-March 19, 2017. On a personal note, she and her husband (James) have been foster parents for American Indian children.