Goal 3

Commitment to Native Americans


Become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans

Example strategies:

  • Strengthen transitional programs for incoming high school students to build relationships among peers, staff, and faculty; address financial aid issues; and navigate campus resources
  • Bring prospective primary and secondary students to NAU for recruitment-centered events and extra-curricular activities while deploying Native American/Indigenous recruiters on a continual basis to Native/Indigenous communities throughout the Southwest to recruit students at career fairs, community and cultural events, extra-curricular school programs, sports events, etc.
  • Strengthen relationships with tribal colleges, community colleges, and universities through academic articulation agreements, on-site NAU advising, and 2NAU programs while increasing engagement with K-12 schools in Native/Indigenous communities to align coursework and better prepare students for post-secondary education
  • Cultivate mentorship opportunities that pair Native American/Indigenous students with peers as well as Native American/Indigenous alumni
  • Provide outstanding, engaging, and dynamic extra-curricular activities at the Native American Cultural Center, including Elder/Cultural Advisor talks; special events with Indigenous scholars, artists, and activists; academic workshops/tutoring; events centered on traditional lifeways, etc.

Example strategies:

  • Hire staff and faculty from a variety of Native and Indigenous communities to increase diversity at NAU

Example strategies:

  • Engage tribal leadership in the process of Native/Indigenous nation-building through executive education programs
  • Offer environmental services to tribes throughout Indian Country, including training, educational outreach, policy development, and technical assistance
  • Develop programs with K-12 schools and teachers to close the achievement gap
  • Provide degree programs, coursework, and internships across departments that give Native American/Indigenous students the tools to make substantive contributions to their home communities
  • Offer opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to collaborate with global Indigenous scholars and communities through exchange and service programs
  • Develop partnerships with Native/Indigenous community organizations in Flagstaff

Example strategies:

  • Offer a wide range of Native American/Indigenous programming that informs and appeals to people from various cultures and backgrounds—on campus, in surrounding communities, and throughout the greater region
  • Continually recognize and honor tribes, who for thousands of years have occupied the land upon which NAU sits
  • Inform the NAU community and the public about the unique political status and longstanding history of Native/Indigenous nations in Arizona and beyond

Example strategies:

  • Provide a home away from home for students from all directions through expansive programming and events that reflect a range of tribal perspectives
  • Expand use of the NACC for convening special class meetings; showcasing student and faculty Native/Indigenous-oriented research; presenting symposia; and hosting distinguished culture-bearers, tribal leaders, and artists through speakers’ series, workshops, demonstrations, installations, and other activities
  • Prioritize space at the NACC for meetings of tribal departments and local and regional Native/Indigenous organizations
  • Follow the Native American adage “We Are All Related” by having the NACC function as a place where everyone feels welcomed
  • Highlight and promote the Office of Indigenous Student Success as the primary resource for Native American/Indigenous student support

How we measure success

ABOR 2025 Metrics

ABOR metrics are not specifically defined for this goal. However, progress toward goal attainment contributes to ABOR 2025 Metrics.

NAU Performance Measures

To be determined

We believe in equality without boundaries. The Native American communities within our state have been left out of many urgent conversations and even more important opportunities. We are working together to create a stronger future for all.