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The Successful Native American Student Center: Addressing Wrap-Around Services for Native Students 

Index #1002

Level of Experience: Intermediate
Session Track: Race and Social Justice in Higher Education

The session will be opened with a presentation of “The Modern Era of Indigenous College Student Support in Primarily White Institutions” by Cori M. Bazemore-James. Following the presentation, the session will highlight selected successful Higher Education American Indian Resource and/or Academic Centers focusing on best practices, how success is defined, essential service components, embedded services, tribal connections, reporting lines and assessing how to survive in a Predominantly White Institution.


Cori Bazemore-James, PhD (Seneca), Director of Retention and Success, Graduate School Diversity Office, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities—Minneapolis, MN

Michelle Villegas-Frazier, MA (Pinoleville Pomo), Director, Strategic Native American Retention Initiatives and Native American Academic Student Success Center, University of California, Davis—Davis, CA

Kara Strass, MA (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Relations Assistant, The Myaamia Center, Miami University—Oxford, OH

Heather Torres, ESQ, MA (San Ildefonso Pueblo, Navajo), Tribal Justice Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute—West Hollywood, CA

Stephen Pilcher (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Student Affairs Officer, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, UCLA—Los Angeles, CA