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Mentorship Program Mission

The Native American Student Services Mentorship Program is a program designed to help first year college students transition smoothly to post-secondary education. Through the program, there are several opportunities for students to network, build relationships, and identify personal goals and aspirations that will contribute to a successful college experience at UNC.


  • Provide resources and opportunities for social growth.
  • Recognize and build upon the strengths of the mentee.
  • Development realistic long-term and short-term goals.
  • Strengthen academic, social, and personal skills.
  • Focus on the growth of the mentee throughout their college experience.

Meet the Mentors

Shea Ortiz

Shea Ortiz

Hi there! My name is Shea Ortiz and I am the Mentor Program Coordinator for Native American Student Services. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and from the Tewa Tribe of San Ildefonso Pueblo. I just finished my second year at UNC studying Business Administration with and Emphasis of Management and a Minor in Global Affairs. I am active in many clubs and groups on campus from American Indian Student Organization to a business fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi.

My first year at UNC, I was mentored by an upper classman, which helped guide me through my first year in college. From then on, I fell in love with the mentoring program because it guided me when I needed it, assisted in strengthening my campus connections and helped me grow as person and student, and my mentor was there every step of the way. I am passionate about building connections as a Mentor Coordinator that will help you succeed in every aspect of your life, academically, professionally, and personally. I look forward to what the year brings and having a great time with you!

If you would like more information, please reach out to me.


Autumn Tsosie

Autumn Tsosie

Ya’a’tééh! My name is Autumn Tsosie and my tribe is Dine/Navajo. My clan is the Red Streak People and born for the Near the Water People. I am from Rocksprings, NM and I just finished my third year at UNC. My major is Biology with a Pre-Health emphasis. On campus, I am a Stryker Institute Scholar, a member of the American Indian Student Organization, and SACNAS.

I am so excited for you all to be joining us this Fall. Welcome to UNC and we hope you will visit us at the Native American Student Services (NASS). This upcoming Fall will be my third year as a mentor with NASS. I am very passionate about helping others navigate their way through college and being able to be that person you can come to with any questions. I hope you are all having a memorable summer and I cannot wait to help you all with your first year of college!

For more information, please email me.