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Students

The Native American Cultural Center

November 13, 2009
By Rebecca Howard

Located in the upper level of the Lory Student Center, the Native American Cultural Center is just one of the many advocacy offices on campus. Everyone on campus can benefit from the educational resources they provide, the events they sponsor, and the community they create.

Serving the CSU community

According to Lauren Ramirez, a junior journalism and technical communications major and NACC student employee, the NACC provides multiple resources – such as a library full of books and videos and a computer lab – as well as student groups and programs.

Ramirez works as a tutor for the Eagle Feather Tutoring Program, which is a free service for all students on campus.

“Students can stop by and receive help in subjects ranging from physics to history,” Ramirez said. “I tutor students in English, composition, journalism, political science and history as well as a few honors seminars.”

Welcoming environment

Junior biomedical sciences major Nicole Kenote is a student mentor for the NACC. The North Star Mentoring Program aims to encourage students to come into the office and help students transition into the college experience.

Kenote said that she first became involved with the NACC when a mentor from the office contacted her and encouraged her to visit. She was eventually asked to become a mentor herself and was more than happy to return the favor.

“I decided to be a mentor for the office when I realized I probably would have never gone into the office if someone had not prompted me to,” Kenote said.

In addition to these services, the NACC is also a place where students can go to simply hang out, do homework and socialize.

“I have made some great friends through the NACC office,” Kenote said.

Celebration of Native American culture

The NACC office has been extra busy lately, as November is Native American Awareness month. The events sponsored by the NACC include lectures, documentary screenings and celebrations such as the Pow Wow that took place Saturday, Nov. 7.

These events serve as a means for the community to learn more about Native American culture and celebrate diversity.

“I think other people should become involved in these events so they are aware what's still going on in today's world,” Kenote said. “We bring up a lot of issues that are still happening, but we also have fun.”

Ramirez agreed, saying “All students at CSU can benefit from exposure to different cultures and viewpoints. Greater understanding of Native cultures can lead to greater appreciation and acceptance of all types of people, who make up the beautiful diversity on the CSU campus.”

A full schedule of events for Native American Awareness Month can be found on the NACC website.