Here at Native American Student Services (NASS) we offer services tailored to promote the cultural, academic and career goals of our Native American student population.
All services provided by NASS stem from a culturally responsive practice that focuses upon infusing Native ways of living and knowing into the student experience. Services include:
- Academic advising
- Career Services
- Leadership development
- Service learning
In addition, NASS also provides college advising to all prospective students, which includes guidance through the UNC admissions and financial aid process.
Virtual/Online Opportunities Now Available
Given UNC’s transition to online delivery of services, and to keep you healthy and safe, Native American Student Services has moved to deliver our services virtually. In addition, to accommodate the needs of our visitors, the Kohl House is limiting our operating hours to the following, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to visit the center, we ask that you email us to reserve either our conference room or the computer lab. At the moment, due to social distancing requirements and the staffing needs of the space, we can only accommodate one individual in either the conference room or computer lab.
In addition, the professional staff remain open and willing to connect with students. We welcome students to sign up to meet with a professional staff member using the email below. We are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Podcast with Gabby Galamgam and Chyson Pena
In collaboration with UNC’s Cultural Services, current students, Gabby Galamgam and Chyson Pena will host 30-minute conversations with current UNC students of color to help you learn more about UNC and the various opportunities that are available for you.
Summer Podcast Schedule
- Friday, June 5 featuring a student from Asian/Pacific American Student Services
- Friday, June 19 featuring a student from the César Chávez Cultural Center
- Friday, July 3 featuring a student from the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center
- Friday, July 17 featuring a student from Native American Student Services
You can also learn more about what our recent alumni are up to on all of our social media accounts.
In the meantime, you are more than welcome to email us your questions and we’ll be happy to identify solutions and offer our services to you. We are dedicated to ensuring that you continue to receive the support that you need to remain successful.
Inside UNC: Native American Student Services
NASS Native American Heritage Month
This November, UNC recognizes the indigenous peoples of the United States from over 570 federally recognized tribal nations and 75 state recognized tribes. Native American Heritage month was formally designated by President George H.W. Bush through joint resolution in 1990. Throughout the month of November, Native American Student Services seeks to align our educational initiatives with our mission and values.
November 02, 2020
So why can’t I dress up like an Indian, Pocahontas, or any other Native person?
The depth and magnitude of the cultural genocide and active persecution of Native people cannot be separated from what may appear to be simply a headband with feathers on it. Life, land, and liberty were sacrificed for these cultural pieces to be passed across generations. Native people have gone to many extremes to secure these markers for another generation, and to witness non-Natives “play,” “perform,” and “pretend” at “parties” with these sacred markers, it should go without saying that it is not only inappropriate, but inexcusable.
October 25, 2020
Indigenous People's Day 2020
Indigenous People’s Day is recognized on the second Monday of October. What began as a counter-celebration of the resistance and resilience of the indigenous communities of the United States in protest of Columbus Day. Italian explorer, Christopher Columbus, is often touted as the “founder” of the Americas, however, not only is this narrative inaccurate it is damaging and contributes to the erasure and violence of Indigenous peoples, historically and contemporarily.
October 12, 2020