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NINLHE Summer Institute

We Are Who We Care For: Practices of Wellness and Success for Native Students and Professionals in Higher Education

The NINLHE Institute is a time for professional development, networking with other educators, and personal renewal. Through this residential institute, educators with expertise in policies and practices vital to Native student success develop our training sessions. 

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Institute attendance is purposely limited to provide participants with an intensive experience that focuses equally on knowledge and skill building, information sharing, and the opportunity to draw upon the accumulated wisdom and experiences of the presenters as well as colleagues. 

In an atmosphere of collaboration, friendship, and fun, the Institute offers opportunities for spiritual renewal and personal empowerment.  The Elder-In-Residence fulfills an important role within the Institute.  The Elder will begin and end each day with a prayer and reflection.  With his extensive background in higher education, the Elder-In-Residence will offer valuable context in which to consider our shared experiences throughout the Institute.

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Quick Glance

Co-sponsored by UNC and NINLHE the Institute will be hosted at the University Center on UNC's Campus in Greeley, CO.

2101 10th St. 
Greeley, CO. 80629

  • Pre-institute: Tuesday, July 23
  • Annual Institute: July 24 - 26 

Who Should Attend?

Native and non-Native administrators, professional staff, and faculty committed to supporting and increasing recruitment, retention and graduation of American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Aboriginal students at public, private, and tribal colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.


Culturally Affirming Self Care; Serving Our Communities by Securing Our Own Well Being.

At the Pre-institute, Dr. Rose Borunda, will facilitate dialog through a workshop where participants will participate in guide activities that promote participant examination of work situated experiences that lead to impairment and impacts their capacity to serve others. 

This workshop incorporates culturally affirming approaches that develop Compassion Resiliency and build upon participant cultural strengths where they can develop their own understanding of compassion fatigue including causes, effects, treatments and prevention.  

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All participants will be able to participate in two breakout sessions:

  • Supporting Student Supporters

    Facilitated by Dr. Benjamin Ototivo, Ph.D., Comanche, CAPS Staff Clinician, University of Pennsylvania

    This workshop will aim to highlight and define symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and distress often seen among administrators in student affairs. More specifically this workshop will take into account situations and issues unique to those supporting Native American students, while identifying possible ways to take care of one’s self and community during stressful times. This workshop will focus primarily on the wellbeing and mental health of administrators, staff, and directors directly engaged in supporting Native American students.

  • Navigating university mental health systems: Tips, tools, & information for supporting Native students

    Facilitated by Dr. Olivia Ríos, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist & Outreach Specialist, University of Northern Colorado, Counseling Center

    Working with Native students at colleges and universities often involves providing socioemotional support, which may place staff and faculty in a position to provide support and guidance around mental health and relational concerns.  The numerous barriers to seeking mental health services and navigating these systems can result in students not seeking professional care, their needs going unmet if they do access services, or dropping out of therapy prematurely.  Understanding and navigating university mental health systems can be challenging for students and professionals alike. This workshop will provide information to help participants understand the field of professional counseling, particularly as it is situated within a system of higher education, to provide the necessary information to advocate for students and help them access services.  Participants will also learn to recognize signs of more serious mental health concerns, practice basic helping skills and tools to help students in distress, and learn when and how to refer a student to counseling services.

Pre-Institute Costs

$125.00 - All participants must also register for the summer institute. 

  • Housing for one night (if staying on campus) 
  • All meals
  • Parking permit
  • Pre-Institute registration

Registration Packages

The 2019 Pre-Institutue and Summer Institute is an on-campus, residential experience and room accommodations are included in the registration costs. All participants will be hosted in North Hall

We highly encourage participants, including those local to Greeley and the surrounding area, to consider staying within our housing accommodations. However, we realize and recognize that this might not be an option for every participant so a commuter package is available.



Cost includes:

  • All meals
  • Parking permit
  • Summer Institute registration fee

3 Nights


Costs Includes

  • 3 nights of housing
  • All meals
  • Parking permit
  • Summer Institute registration fee

4 Nights


Costs Includes

  • 4 nights of housing 
  • All meals
  • Parking permit
  • Summer Institute registration fee

Past Institutes

 The 2018 Summer Institute, hosted on the UNC campus, was a success.  Thank you to our elder-in-residence, key note speaker and all attendees!