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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

NASS mentor

Rachael Carrillo

Hello! I’m Rachael Carrillo and I am the Mentor Coordinator for Native American Student Services. I was born and raised here in Greeley and I am a first-generation student in my third year of college. I am studying Sociology with an emphasis on Inequality and Institutions and a minor in Psychology. I am so excited to meet you all and looking forward to an amazing year. Here at UNC, I am a Stryker Institute Scholar, Reisher Scholar, and a member of the American Indian Student Organization. I first became a mentor my first year here at UNC. I began being a mentor for Campus Connections and I fell in love with the idea of guidance and being someone the mentees have never had before. This is going to be such a fun year! Mentoring is a passion of mine and I cannot wait to build relationships with you all.

NASS mentor

Autumn Tsosie

Yaateeh! My name is Autumn Tsosie and my tribe is Navajo. My clan is the Red Streak people born for the Near the Water people and I am from Gallup, NM. I just finished my first year at UNC and this year will be my second year. My major is Biological Sciences with a career aspiration of becoming a Dentist. I am a free-spirited person and love to live life. I am so excited to be taking on a new position at Native American Student Services which is being a mentor. 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!

NASS mentor

Kaila Ward

Hi! My name is Kaila Ward and I am so excited to be a mentor again this year! I am a first-generation college student studying English Education with a minor in Film. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation and I will be starting my third year at UNC. I have three younger siblings, one of them starting college in the Fall as well (Yikes!), and a pet fish named Fitzgerald. I love writing poetry and watching black and white films, especially anything Alfred Hitchcock. At UNC I also participate in intramural volleyball, the Stryker institute, an English honors fraternity, the American Indian Student Organization, and I am the Event Coordinator at Native American Student Services. I have a heart for teaching and I would love to be able to mentor you throughout your first year at UNC.