Tradition Meets New Knowledge
Welcome! Please take some time to learn about the university’s efforts to support Native American and Alaska Native students. Whether you are a current student or are looking to become a Wildcat, the university’s Native American Student Affairs (NASA) unit is here to support you in achieving your academic goals. Beyond this, we will ensure that your UA campus is a safe place for you to explore different facets of learning and navigating the world.
Learning is an action that takes place inside and outside of a classroom. It is our mission to encourage your curiosity, promote critical thinking to enhance your knowledge systems, and guide you to holistic wellness. We are constantly developing innovative, culturally informed programs to help you harness the knowledge you gain in navigating the world. Furthermore, we promote solution-oriented problem resolution that reverberates to tribal communities to address challenges that they face.
As you visit campus, be sure to speak a word of thanks to the Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe upon whose lands we are guests. As guests and scholars, we aim to build community and continue to promote tribal nation building by preparing leaders for 'Indian Country.’
Native American Student Affairs at the University of Arizona provides culturally sensitive academic counseling and support services to Native American/Alaskan Native students enabling them to achieve academic excellence. We nurture student success by encouraging all students to proactively explore and shape our diverse campus community.
NASA Strives to:
- Create a safe environment and build community among enrolled students
- Provide students with personal and leadership development opportunities
- Advance the on-going development of a culturally competent campus community with an emphasis on justice education
- Support the University of Arizona’s diversity initiatives
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on unceded land of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally-recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with Arizona’s Native Nations and tribal communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.