College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Cori Bazemore-James

  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Affiliate Faculty, Higher Education; Assistant Vice Provost, Graduate School Diversity Office

Cori Bazemore-James

Areas of interest

Indigenous student affairs units
Native American student and staff identities and experiences in PWIs
Equity and inclusion in higher education
Diversity recruitment and retention efforts
Indigenous qualitative research methodologies


Ph.D., Education, College Student Affairs Administration, University of Georgia
M.S., Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia
B.A., Psychology, University of South Dakota


Courses Taught

Fall 2023: OLPD 8702—Administration and Leadership in Higher Education


Dr. Cori Bazemore-James (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians of Western New York and was raised in a Lakota community in South Dakota. She is also a proud

member of the Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., the country’s oldest Indigenous Greek letter organization. 

Dr. Bazemore-James [pronounced: Bayze-more-James] is a scholar-practitioner in Student Affairs with a research focus on centering Indigenous Knowledge to develop the functional area of Indigenous Student Affairs (ISA) and supporting Indigenous students and educators in predominantly white institutions. She got her start in the field by co-founding the Office of Native Student Services at the University of South Dakota in 2006. She also has experience in the functional areas of Admissions, TRiO Programs, Multicultural Services and Programs, Student Affairs Assessment, and she now leads the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) at UMN. Dr. Bazemore-James is the founder of the ACPA Indigenous Student Affairs Network (ISAN), the first national or international professional network of ISA educators, and currently serves on the ACPA Governing Board and the NCORE National Advisory Council. Based on her award-winning research, Dr. Bazemore-James has led the development of the first Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Standards for the Indigenous Student Affairs functional area (released Jan 2021).


Danielle Terrance Courage Award, Native, Aboriginal, and Indigenous Coalition, ACPA, 2022

Marylu K. McEwen Dissertation of the Year Award, ACPA, 2020

Distinguished Alumni Award, Tiospaye Student Council, University of South Dakota, 2019

Outstanding Service Award, The Graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2019

Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award, Indigenous Student Affairs Network, ACPA, 2019

Lee Knefelkamp Research Award, MCPA—Minnesota College Professionals Association, 2019

Professional Affiliations

ACPA—College Student Educators International

MNACPA—Minnesota College Professionals Association

NCORE—National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education


Bazemore-James, C. & Boyd, B. (2021). Decolonizing Campus Spaces to Include Mixed-Race Indigenous Students. In V. Brown, L. Combs, and M. Guerrero (Eds.). Beyond the Box: Connecting Multiracial Identities, Oppressions, and Environments. New Directions for Student Services, 2021(174), 9–13.

Akibar, A., Niemann, Y.F., Bazemore-James, C., Thomas, K., Dovidio, J. F. (2020).  Polarization, hyper-visibility, and isolation:  Experiences of racial/ethnic tokens in the workplace. In Veronica P.S. Nije-Carr, Yolanda Flores Niemann, and Phyllis Sharps (Eds.), Disparities in Academia: Accounting for the Elephant. Dorrance Publishing Co. ISBN: 978-1-6461-0641-7

Bazemore-James. C. & Dunn, M. (2019). The Modern Era of Native College Student Support in Primarily White Institutions: Institutional Understanding and Support of Indigenous Student Affairs. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, DOI: 10.1080/19496591.2019.1654813.

Waterman, S. & Bazemore-James, C. (2019). It’s More Than Us: Knowledge and Knowing. In E. S. Abes, S. R. Jones, and D. L. Stewart (Eds.). Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Means, D. R., Collier, J., Bazemore-James, C., Williams, B., Coleman, R., & Anderson Wadley, B. (2018). “Keep your spirit aligned”: A case study on Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer students defining and practicing spirituality. Journal of College Student Development, 59(5), 618-623.

Bazemore-James, C., Shinaprayoon, T., & Martin, J. (2017). Understanding and supporting students who experience cultural bias in standardized tests [Monograph]. ACPA Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education. Winter 2016/2017 edition.

Plaut, V. C., Thomas, K. M., Tran, N.M., & Bazemore, C. M. (2014). Diversity ideologies in organizations: An introduction. In K.M. Thomas, V.C. Plaut, & N.M. Tran (Eds.), Diversity ideologies in organizations (pp. 1–18). New York, NY: Routledge.


Villegas-Frazer, M., Bazemore-James, C., Colegrove-Raymond, A., Little, J., Neddeau, B. (2022, May). Today’s Native Student Voice: Are We Hearing Their Needs? Pre-conference workshop presented at: National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE); Portland, OR.

Muñoz, J., Bazemore-James, C., Burgess, B., Counts, P. (2021, November). Indigenous Voices in Higher Education. Webinar Panel presented at: Century College; White Bear Lake, MN.

Villegas-Frazer, M., Bazemore-James, C., Torres, H., Strass, K., Pilcher, S., Torres, R. (2021, June). The Successful Native American Student Center: Addressing Wrap-Around Services for Native Students. Pre-conference workshop presented at: National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE); online conference.

Montas-Hunter, S., Harmon, D., Bazemore-James, C. (2021, April). Women of Color in Academia. Panel presented at: SREB Institute on Teaching and Mentoring; online conference.

Jacobs, C., Bazemore-James, C., Scott, M., Hawkins, J., Hickman, A., Watters, J. (2020, November). Mental Health Within Indigenous Communities. Panel presented at: Multicultural Affairs and Social Justice Programs, Columbia College; New York, NY.

Adjapong, E., Aho, R., Bazemore-James, C., West, J. (2020, November). Decolonizing Higher Education. Panel presented at: 6th Annual Diversity Summit, George Washington University; Washington, DC.

Bazemore-James, C., Jacobs, C., Yazza, A., Chavis, T. (2020, November). Indigenous Lands & Practices: Native Cultures and Colonialism. Panel presented at: (Un)Common Grounds Conversation, High Point University; High Point, NC.

Bazemore-James, C. & Reza, A. (2020, November). Indigenizing Allyship: Understanding the Modern Native American Experience in Higher Education. Webinar presented at: Professional Learning Opportunities Presentation, Inclusion, Diversity & Educational Achievement, Nazareth College; Rochester, NY.

Springer, M., Bazemore-James, C., Oxendine, S., Reza, A., Sewell, R. (2020, March). Getting Published: An Indigenous Perspective about the Pathways to Publication. Pre-conference workshop presented at: American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention; Nashville, TN.

Williams, B., Bazemore-James, C., Palmer, P., Labor, S., Cottledge, A., Lou, H. (2019, October). “Yes, I’m in Charge”: Experiences of Women o