Native Space

Native Space“Find Your Space, Find Your Family”


To provide a built-in community and network of support for incoming Native American first-year students that will foster their holistic success and affirm their cultural identities

Objectives and Goals:

Students living in Native Space will demonstrate growth and learning along the three focal points of the living experience: culture, academics, and community engagement


  • Students will be able to name all of the eight tribes of North Carolina, as well as their locales and one notable person from each tribe
  • Students will be able to recognize the importance of their own culture or tribal affiliation in relation to their collegiate success


  • Students will maintain a GPA of a 2.7 after their first year through Native Space meetings, community sponsored study halls and workshops
  • Students will return for a subsequent year at NC State University

Community Engagement:

  • Students will develop a co-curricular leadership plan geared to get them involved in campus organizations and departments by the end of the academic year.

Student Expectations

  • Students will participate in “Tribal Tuesday” meetings twice monthly, which will focus on study skills, academic preparedness, and cultural awareness.
  • Students are expected to abide by all University Housing standards and commit to living a well and balanced life.
  • Students are expected to volunteer at events during Native American Heritage Month in November and at the annual NC State Pow Wow.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to sign up for the Native American History course in the Fall with Dr. Judy Kertesz (Lumbee).

Mentor Expectations

  • Mentors will live in Wood Residence Hall.
  • Mentors should be in good academic and judicial standards with the university.
  • Mentors should have at least a 2.7 GPA at the end of the spring semester.
  • Mentors are expected to work no less than 5 hours per week planning weekly meetings and coordinating community events.
  • Mentors should have a passion for improving the first year Native American college experience and connecting students to university resources.
  • Mentors must have organizational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Mentors are expected to give bimonthly updates about each student in the program.
  • Mentors are expected to lead one workshop per month with residents about culture or academics.

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