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Date(s) - 09/13/2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Ramada by Wyndham Viscount Suites Tucson East


Rotary connects the world, and this week Catalina Rotary is making a special connection with the Tohono O’odham Nation to learn how they’re “Building a College in the Desert.” The Tohono O’odham Community College offers a number of academic and building construction technology programs to provide a broad range of opportunities for both tribal and non-native students.

Paul Robertson is the current president of Tohono O’odham Community College. Before that he was an administrator at three other tribal colleges, including Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago Nebraska, where he also served as president. He has worked as a researcher, evaluator, curriculum developer, grant writer, and organizer on issues including child abuse, domestic violence, toxic waste dumping, racism, and Native American treaty rights. His favorite occupation is teaching, which he did for 30 years at Oglala Lakota College on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Diana Antone earned two associate degrees from Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) before beginning to work at the college as the Financial Aid Assistant in summer 2019. In 2018, she was selected as Student of the Year and spoke at the college’s Commencement. Referencing her Early Childhood Education studies and her lifelong love of children, Diana spoke about the importance of positive modeling for children. A member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Ms. Antone serves as a representative on the Baboquivari District Council.