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Visiting Scholar to Join California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center

The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at Cal State San Marcos has named Eric S. Trevan as a visiting scholar of innovation, business and economic policy for tribal nations.

Trevan is a tenure-track faculty member for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and was recently awarded an executive leadership fellowship from the Community Development Society. He also works with a variety of businesses and government entities focused on innovation, corporate governance, economic forecasts and business planning.

Trevan has a distinguished history as a national advocate for tribal entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development. He’s a tribal citizen of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe).

In addition to his current position and participating in research, Trevan will teach courses at CSUSM in tribal economics and economic development.

“I am honored to work with the CICSC to further support and enhance their community-based participatory research (CBPR) efforts to build on the intersections of business, entrepreneurship, innovation and economics and tribal sovereignty," Trevan said.

Before transitioning to academia and earning a Ph.D. at Arizona State University’s School of Community Resources and Development in 2016, Trevan finished a 20-year career in leadership positions, focused on local government, entrepreneurship, tribal government, planning, public policy and economic development.

“We are excited that Dr. Trevan has joined the CICSC,” said Joely Proudfit, director of the center and chair of the American Indian Studies department at CSUSM. “His expertise in tribal innovation and economic development will be an asset to our CBPR agenda, tribal governments and the campus community.”

More information about the CICSC is available at its website.