Tohono O'odham Community College Partnership

Tohono O'odham Community College logoThe Sonoran UCEDD and Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC), a tribal college located on the Tohono O’odham Nation in Southern Arizona, is developing a disability information, education and student exchange partnership. The goal is to forge a sustainable partnership to increase knowledge and skills of both UCEDD and TOCC students and faculty on disability, culture, services and supports benefiting diverse communities.  Objectives for this partnership are to:

  1. Implement a strong disability student services framework at TOCC to support students and attract students with disabilities.
  2. Implement an ongoing exchange and trainee program with the emphasis on exposure for TOCC students to disability curriculum, projects, research at UCEDD and UCEDD students to cultural and linguistic competence and tribal sovereignty constructs.
  3. Develop disability content for curriculum for TOCC and tribal colleges and culturally competent curricular elements for SUCEDD trainees’ curriculum with development of co-taught course offerings.

Outcomes of the project will be to increase TOCC faculty and students’ knowledge on disability funding, resources and skills; increase the Sonoran Center's faculty’ and students’ knowledge about O’odham culture and skills in providing culturally-competent training and services; and creating ongoing opportunities for student and faculty exchange and learning – including Sonoran Center trainees and UA students, with an emphasis on health sciences.

Program Director:
Francine Gachupin, PhD
fcgachupin@email.arizona.edu

Funding: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
2016-2018 Minority Serving Institution Planning Partnership Grant
2018-2021 Minority Serving Institution Partnership Implementation Grant