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Leah Boss Named Institute of American Indian Arts Staff of the Year


Leah Boss

Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 20, 2021 - The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor Leah Boss (Laguna, Hopi, and Akimel O'Odham) as the 2020–2021 IAIA Staff of the Year.

This year the IAIA administration surveyed IAIA students and asked, "which staff member has inspired you to do your very best work, and who have you learned the most from?"

The results of the survey were announced during a live virtual town hall meeting for the IAIA trustees and staff on Friday, May 14, during the noon hour. IAIA students chose Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor Leah Boss as the 2020–2021 IAIA Staff of the Year.

Leah Boss began working at IAIA in 2009 as the Office Manager in the Student Success Center, and in 2013, Boss was promoted to Student Accounts and Financial Aid Advisor. In 2018, she was promoted to Financial Aid and Scholarship Advisor, which is her current position. Boss served on the board of the New Mexico Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as the 2020 Treasure and 2019 Treasurer-Elect.

"Leah Boss is dedicated to helping students through the Financial Aid process, which can be complicated for students, but through her dedication and expertise, she does an outstanding job assisting our student body. Well deserved, Leah, and congratulations!"

-IAIA Chief Admissions and Student Success Officer Nena Martinez Anaya

About the Institute of American Indian Arts

Offering undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts, MFAs in Creative Writing and Studio Arts, along with certificates in Broadcast Journalism, Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves approximately 500 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


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