Christine Suina, Board Member

Christine Suina

Christine Suina

Christine is a life-long resident of New Mexico and is an enrolled citizen of Pueblo de Cochiti. She is an alumna of Colorado College and received a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Southwest Studies. Christine’s professional career has focused on access to higher education opportunities including the recruitment, admission, enrollment, and retention of Native American students in college. Christine’s involvement in College Horizons dates to the first program in 1998 initially as a volunteer counselor helping the Founding Director, Dr. Whitney Laughlin, grow the organization to a successful national non-profit. In her time at College Horizons, she has served as a volunteer, a Small Group Leader of Faculty, Secretary of the Board of Directors, office manager and Program Coordinator. College Horizons supports the higher education of Native American students by providing pre-college (College Horizons) and pre-graduate (Graduate Horizons) college-access and retention programs for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school and college students from across the nation. College Horizons is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to college-access and pre-graduate programs servicing Native Americans and that uniquely partners with 50 Colleges/Universities and expert college counselors and American Indian educators. College Horizons success includes that of the 2,900 high school students served to date, 99% are admitted to a 4-year institution, 95% matriculate to college (30% to selective and highly selective institutions), and 85% have graduated from college in four and five years! College Horizons is founded on the foundation that bright and talented Native American high school students do not receive quality college-counseling and academic advising.

Prior to College Horizons, Christine worked with a few New Mexico based organizations including: Eight Northern Indian Pueblos' Educational Talent Search (TRIO) Program, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), The Daniels Fund - New Mexico Office. 

Christine actively supports and assists Colorado College professors and students in the Anthropology and Religion Departments by hosting college classes in her home on the Pueblo as part of CC’s unique block-plan learning. Many of the college (US and International) students have never visited a Pueblo or Indian reservation and enjoy the hands-on experience. She teaches professors and students about both traditional and contemporary aspects of Pueblo life. Classes she has supported include: AN 321 Rio Grande - Culture, History and Region; AN 242 The Anthropology of Food (with Emphasis on Writing); RE200 Religion and Colonialism. Over the past 25 years Christine and her family have hosted about 500 students. Also, Christine currently serves on The Colorado College Counselor Advisory Board, 2018-present. Christine is the first CC alumna to sit on the advisory board with the college admissions office.