Nicole Devon is a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe and was born and raised in Washington State.
Nicole previously held a role in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as the Tribal Affairs Manager for the Family Support Division of Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. She has more than 20 years of experience in Native education, having worked with Native students from Headstart to College. Previously in her role at Eastern Washington University, DeVon served as a coordinator for American Indian student programs and later as the Director of Native American Affairs and Tribal Liasion to the President of the Eastern Washington University. There she conducted research while leading the Lucy Covington Initiative, a partnership with the Colville Confederated Tribes in honor of the legacy of Lucy Covington, a tribal rights activist who worked to preserve tribal sovereignty and self-determination while uplifting the next generation of Native leaders through mentorship.
Nicole has Double Master’s in Intercultural Communication and Education where her research focused on equity, access, and retention for BISOC (Black Indigenous Students of Color). In addition to her work in education, Nicole has spent 20 years as an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion consultant where she utilizes an intercultural framework and is a Qualified Administrator of the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory)
Nicole has served on several advisory boards and task force’s; including Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Spokane Public Schools- Superintendent’s Community Action Team on Disproportionality, and EWU – Office of Diversity and Inclusion