May Graduate

Colin BenColin Ben

Navajo Nation
Loan for Service

University of Utah
Educational Leadership and Policy
GPA 3.9

Community Service

Graduate Student Representative, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, American Education Research Association. Student Board Member, National Indian Education Association. Vice-President/Board Member, Navajo Studies Conference Incorporated. Advisory Board Member, American Indian Resource Center, University of Utah. President/Member, Society of Native American Graduate Students, University of Utah. Search Co-Chair, Director of American Indian Resource Center, University of Utah. Advisor, Native American Student Club, Westminster College. Cultural Mentor, Native American Research Internship, University of Utah.


Colin Ben is a citizen of the Navajo Nation from Shiprock, New Mexico. He’s a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at the University of Utah. Colin’s dissertation research explores decision-making factors that influence American Indian students to consider graduate education. He was the Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Graduate School at University of Utah. Currently, Colin is a doctoral research fellow in the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.