March Graduate

Tyler Parisien - March Graduate Student of the Month

Tyler Parisien

Belcourt, ND
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
Gates Millennium Program
AIGC Fellowship

Concordia University Portland
Higher Education Leadership, Ed.D.
GPA 3.96

Community Service

  • GMS Ambassador
  • AISES Governance Committee
  • Winds of Change editorial committee


Boozhoo (Hello), my name is Tyler Parisien and I am an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota and I am Bear Clan.  I am a descendant of Ojibwe, French, Irish and Cree and I was born and raised in Belcourt, North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation.  I received my bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 2011 and 2014 respectively.  My field of study is Medical Laboratory Science and I worked in the medical field as a medical laboratory scientist for three years before I found a passion for academia and teaching.  Since then I have held various positions with the Turtle Mountain Tribe and Turtle Mountain Community College as an instructor for the health sciences.  Currently, I am working for the HEART (Health Education Access through Rural Training) Project through Turtle Mountain Community College as a mentor/tutor for the students, while also teaching adjunct for the medical laboratory technician program.  Through my involvement with the Gates Scholarship and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), I realized that I had a passion for education and mentoring of Native American students with their journey through higher education, which led me to decide to pursue a Doctorate of Education from Concordia University-Portland, which I will complete in 2019.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship has allowed me to accomplish my goals of obtaining a college degree by removing financial barriers and allowing me to focus more on my education then on how to fund it or how to get by financially.  The Gates Scholarship challenged me to look beyond my original goal of obtaining only a bachelor’s degree.  The combined support of the Gates Scholarship and the American Indian Graduate Center has allowed me to finish a master’s degree and both programs continue to support me through my Doctoral degree.  I will earn my Doctorate of Education in 2019 and hope find work with a university that will allow me to better support Native American Students.