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Women of Influence series to welcome Seneca Nation member

The Alfred University Women’s Leadership Center will host Dr. Lori Quigley, member of the Seneca Nation (Wolf Clan) and associate dean of the School of Education at Buffalo State College, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 18 in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.

Quigley will speak on “Women’s Power and Leadership in Native Cultures.” She intends to illuminate the role of women in native cultures and show how women’s authority is exercised in decision-making within families, clans, tribes, and nations.

Quigley’s presentation is part of the AU Women’s Leadership Center’s Women of Influence Series and is open to the public free of charge.

Working for the recruitment and retention of Native American students, Quigley serves as Buffalo State’s liaison to the State University of New York (SUNY) Native American Western Consortium. She has been afforded the opportunity to extend her expertise and talents to help her native community revitalize and maintain their indigenous language and has been the principal writer for several grants targeted at Native American education initiatives totaling more than $3 million in funded awards.

Quigley is chairperson of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education and the Native American Indian Education Association of New York. She is also a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research and Scholarship recipient.

Quigley earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from St. Bonaventure University and a master of arts degree in mass communications from Fordham University, the Bronx, NY. She earned a Ph.D. in language, learning, and literary from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.

The National Federation of Just Communities of Western New York, Inc. honored Quigley with the Community Leader Award in Education in 2008. She was the recipient of the Hackman Residency Award from the NYS Archives enabling her to continue research on the history and sociological impact of the Thomas Indian School, a boarding school once located on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation. This past December, the documentary “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Board Schools” was released; Quigley served as an adviser on the project.

Prior to her current position, Quigley was an associate professor in the college’s Department of Elementary Education and Reading. She also served as a project director and principal investigator of the Seneca Language Research Grant Program for the Seneca Nation of Indians. She had previously served as interim education director for the Seneca Nation.

On July 1, 2010, Quigley will leave Buffalo State to serve as dean of the School of Education at The Sage Colleges (Russell Sage, The Sage College of Albany, The Sage Graduate School) in the NYS Capital District.

For more information about the Women of Influence Series at Alfred University, contact Cheryl Foster, at or by calling the Women’s Leadership Center at 607.871.2971.