This talk will provide insight into the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples’ today. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the issues that have and continue to contribute to Indigenous oppression in the United States and provide attendees with tangible ways that they can be allies and advocates for Indigenous Peoples.
Madison Eagle (pronouns: she, her, hers) serves as Coordinator for Belonging and Student Support in the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change. In this role, she works closely with NativeOSU and La C.A.S.A. She centers her work in mentorship and advocacy for students on campus, with deep investment in creating an equitable and accessible community.
Madison has lived in Ohio her entire life and has lived in the Columbus area since 2010. Madison grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University as an undergraduate. In 2012, she worked as a student employee with Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives in the Multicultural Center (now the CBSC). As a student she met some of her best friends and her partner in the Center. The work of the Multicultural Center/CBSC is foundational in Madison’s professional career.
After graduating from Ohio State, Madison became the Program Coordinator for Leadership and Social Justice at YWCA Columbus. She spent two years working with young women to provide professional development and mentorship programming. Madison returned to Ohio State to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work. During this time she worked as a Youth Services Coordinator for Kids Club and Senior Service Case Manager at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center. She is a Licensed Social Worker and uses this lens to create educational and holistic workshops and programming.
In her current role, Madison supports students in finding their place and space on campus, providing mentorship, and challenging folks to be curious and critical of the impact of systemic injustice. She has worked in the Center for Belonging and Social Change since 2018 as a full-time professional. Her original role in the center was focused on programming for women students and has transitioned with the CBSC to create intentional spaces of belonging and student support for all while centering the needs of Native American and Indigenous students.
Madison is a lifelong social justice advocate and activist. Her identities are a driving force behind her passion for social justice work. Madison identifies as a woman, Tsalagi (Cherokee), Shawnee, Irish, mother, wife, sister, daughter and Buckeye for life. She strives to advocate and push for change for all peoples through an intersectional and Indigenous Feminist lens.