Sociology professor Mona Scott is from Birdsprings, AZ and the middle of three children. Mona spent a portion of her younger years with her mother and siblings in northern Arizona and California, then began moving back and forth during her high school years to spend time with her father in Los Angeles. She attended Winslow High School, Morningside High in Inglewood, CA, and graduated from Manual Arts in Los Angeles. Her cultural backgrounds are Navajo and Black and her clans are Táchii’nii (Red Running Into Water People Clan) born for Nahiłi (Black People Clan) and 'Áshįįhi (Salt People Clan) and Nahiłi (Black People Clan) are her maternal and paternal grandfather’s clans respectively. She earned her BA in Sociology from USC and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Arizona State University and has been a professor at Mesa Community College since 1999, where she teaches both American Indian Studies and Sociology classes. These courses include: Indian sovereignty (AIS141), racial and ethnic minorities (SOC140), human sexuality (SOC130), and introduction to sociology (SOC101).
Prior to her time at Mesa she spent several months with the Peace Corp in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica working with a squatter community on housing and sanitation issues. She also worked for a local Phoenix non-profit after school program run by former Phoenix Sun Kevin Johnson, which offered services for students, including tutoring and other educational opportunities to encourage community participation and personal development.
Mona has varied and interesting hobbies including a love of hiking, but she also enjoys learning about her own Navajo cultural ceremonies, their songs and meanings, the language, and tribal history. Much of her work involves the study of Indigenous populations and teaching and learning on issues of race, inequalities and sexuality in a diverse and changing world. She values the relationships she is able to establish with people, especially her students, and is always appreciative of grateful notes, thank you’s, and being able to make a difference in someone’s life. She considers her position as a professor a privilege and feels lucky to be here at Mesa because she has spent her whole life learning the things she is teaching. She is confident that her combination of educational and life experiences helps her to succeed in her current role. Her passion and commitment to her students and the enthusiasm with which she teaches make her a valuable resource to Mesa’s academic community and she is definitely someone worth meeting and learning from during your time at MCC.
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