The Native American Student Success (NASS) Program at the University of Minnesota Morris provides services to Native first year students which include one-on-one coaching sessions, peer mentoring, collaborative interactions and learning opportunities with University of Minnesota faculty and staff, as well as interactions with Tribal Communities and resources. NASS aims to assist in students’ personal, social, intellectual, and ethical development so they can become life-long learners and responsible members in our increasingly global society. NASS has a high regard for the unique cultural experiences and perspectives of Native peoples and considers this when working with students, colleagues and the communities in which we exist.
NASS is a community of similarities and differences, both of which are cherished and honored. Once here, students explore different interests and become involved in a range of activities and participate/contribute to the community in many important ways. In our diversity, we find strength as each individual, regardless of background or cultural knowledge, beings a new gift, talent or perspective to the group as a whole. Though we may be very different in terms of background, viewpoint or level of involvement, each of us make up a part of the whole that is our community.
Benefits of participating in NASS!
- Cultural and language workshops
- Opportunities to engage with tribal and world cultures
- One-on-One Coaching
- Mentoring from experienced and specially trained fellow Morris students
- Opportunities to enhance study skills
- Introducing students to and helping them work with campus resources
- Helping students work with Financial Aid Office to maximize financial resources
- Potential on-campus job opportunities exclusively for NASS students
- Opportunity to be a resident of the First Nations Floor in Clayton A. Gay Hall
- FREE Tickets to campus events
- Meet and Greet opportunities at select campus events
- Social gatherings throughout the year
The Native American Student Success Program (NASS) is wholly funded through the Native American Serving Not Tribal Institutional (NSANTI) grant through the US Department of Education. For further information on the NASNTI Grant, please to the press release https://news.morris.umn.edu/news/nasnti-2016