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Diane Reyna

Photo Credit: Jeminie Shell

Diane is an artist and educator from the Pueblos of Taos/Oke Owingeh located in northern New Mexico. She has been associated with the Institute of American Indian Arts since 1991 and works closely with students providing academic, creative and cultural support designed to help them persist through college and life.


Bachelor of University Studies   University of New Mexico

Major Professional Activities

  • Diane has more than nineteen years of college teaching experience, first, as a video documentary instructor and as a college skills instructor. She is trained in experiential education and facilitation.

Some of Diane’s responsibilities include:

  • Designing, planning and implementing the weeklong spring and fall orientations.
  • Hiring, training and supervising student orientation leaders and orientation volunteer assistants
  • Applying the metaphor of flight and aviation to convey concepts and strategies in a three credit “Strategies and Skills for Academic Success” course.
  • Serving first year Studio Arts majors as an Academic Advisor.
  • Serving as a member of a learning community focused on academic advising.
  • Serving as project director for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and Wal-Mart Foundation’s Student Success Collaborative grant.
  • Coordinating and facilitating Talking Circles each week during the semester.  
  • Designing, planning and implementing Group Mentoring program for students, staff and faculty.
  • Supporting the students, staff and faculty during mid-terms and finals week, with “Blue Corn Mornings”  an event that provides culturally based nourishment.

Serving as advisor to the 2013 IAIA Ambassador.  


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