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Dwight K. Lomayesva


Intertribal Court of Southern California

Dwight K. Lomayesva is the Executive Director and Cofounder of the American Indian Recruitment Programs (AIR), a nonprofit organization that serves underprivileged American Indians within education. Through AIR, he led the development of an academic program that merged both culture and academic understanding to promote educational success within secondary instruction. His continuous push of cultural inclusion and historical relevancy within an academic model led to self-empowerment, confidence, and self-esteem among AIR students, which resulted in greater academic performance. Dwight earned his bachelor of arts degree, with in political science, at San Diego State University and earned his Juris Doctor from Western Sierra School of Law. He is a former board member of the San Diego/Imperial Valley ACLU and sits on the Enrollment Management Advisory Council at San Diego State University. Honors include Pacific Sociology Association Social Conscience Award, for AIR Programs, 2009; KPBS Local Hero, San Diego, 2010; American Indian Community Honoree at the San Diego-Balboa Park Powwow, 2014; and 2018 UPCEA Leadership in Diversity Award that recognizes an individual or a program representing best practices in promoting the educational success of diverse students. Formerly, Dwight served as the Director of Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange at the UCLA School of Law from 2012 through 2018, and presently works with Intertribal Court of Southern California in development of a Tribal Youth Peer Court. Dwight is a member of the Hopi Tribe.

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