About the Episode

On this episode of Compact Nation Podcast, Marisol talks with Persephone Lewis, professor of practice in ethnic studies and tribal liaison at University of San Diego. Persephone takes time to explain the role of tribal liaison and why similar positions are becoming more prevalent on campuses across the country. She also describes some ways that colleges and universities can engage native communities by focusing on relationship building and setting foundations by honoring the history and contemporary context of indigenous people. Plus, some reflections on the recent midterm elections.


Persephone Lewis is professor of practice in ethnic studies and tribal liaison for University of San Diego. She received her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in 2009 from the University of San Diego. Her BA in Sociology and Ethnic Studies was received in 2004 the University of California, San Diego.

Your Hosts

Andrew Seligsohn


Marisol Morales

Vice President, Network Leadership

Emily J. Shields

Executive Director, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact