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Venida Chenault, President of Academic Affairs for Haskell Indian Nations University since 2004, has a longstanding career in social work for indigenous people. Also a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Venida Chenault has been a social worker and scholar for more than 25 years. In 2008, she joined the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare as a Visiting Scholar for one year. In this role, Venida Chenault assisted in progressing research on abuse against American Indian women. Her other tasks included mentoring students via coursework, collaborating with tribal institutions in research efforts, hosting workshops and conference presentations, and securing resources for student fieldwork. As a social work faculty member and advisor for Haskell Indian Nations University from 1991 to 2004, Venida Chenault created an accredited American Indian Studies Bachelor's degree program. During this time, she developed and taught classes in social work, addiction, and American Indian studies in general. Venida Chenault advised 45 students a semester, participated in committees, wrote and managed grants, and gave service to the University. Prior to her career in academia, Venida Chenault was a social worker from 1986 to 1991. As a Clinical Social Worker for CPC College Meadows Hospital, she assisted in developing a Native American substance abuse client intake, and supervised the progress of interns from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Prior to her position with the hospital, Venida Chenault worked for the State of Kansas, where she helped strengthen underprivileged and diverse communities through resources and education. Venida Chenault presented workshops on finding jobs, counseled participants, and developed training plans.

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Aug 2004Present

President for Academic Affairs

Haskell Indian Nations University


Aug 1998Dec 2004


University of Kansas