Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton bestowed an honorary doctorate on Jim Henson, a former tribal chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, for his extensive work promoting the health and well-being of Native Americans and indigenous people worldwide Aug. 5 at the summer commencement ceremony.
Most recently, Henson collaborated with a Native American professor, John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, of FAUs Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, in securing a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, according to a news release.
The grant was for a five-year research project to test the effectiveness of the Native American Talking Circle approach in preventing substance abuse in Native American youth.
We are so pleased that the university is recognizing Chief Jim Henson with an honorary doctorate, Marlaine Smith, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, dean of FAUs College of Nursing, said in the release. His tireless effort and expertise in working with indigenous populations around the world has been an asset to the college.
Each year, roughly 150 FAU nursing students engage with Henson during their intensive clinical practicum rotation in the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians capital in Tahlequah, Okla. Henson is also a frequent guest lecturer at the college, presenting to faculty and students on Native American culture and consulting on various research projects. During a visit to the Boca Raton campus, he conducted a talking circle for members of the FAU community.