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Resources for Students

Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders ProgramElymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program

The Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program is a Kumeyaay way of saying "Youth Think." The program supports the cultural, social, academic and leadership development of students committed to the sovereignty and wellness of Indigenous communities, and is designed to mentor and provide community-service learning experiences for students pursuing higher education and preparing to serve Indigenous communities. Scholars attend a series of leadership seminars and service activities, with topics and activities developed by community and tribal leaders, with support from SDSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Each scholar is expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Throughout the year, scholars are also invited to participate in special events with nationally recognized speakers, local community leaders, and university officials.

Visit the program's website.


Native American Student Alliance

Native American Student Alliance (NASA)

The Department of American Indian Studies actively supports the Native American Student Alliance (NASA). Established in 1971, NASA continues its mission as an active student organization promoting a Native American presence on campus. The organization hosts an array of events to promote the recruitment and retention of Native American and Alaskan Native students; to maintain and promote the truth, accuracy, and the history of Native people; and to honor and respect the various Native cultures and traditions. 

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Indigenous Social Works Alliance

Indigenous Social Works Alliance (ISWA)

The purposes of the ISWA are to educate the community Native American/Indigenous identifying cultures, promote social and educational development of Native students, exchange ideas and traditions with members of the Native community, advocate for social justice issues in relation to Social Work and Child Welfare, and foster leadership among Native students and non-Native students in the field of Social Work.

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Native Resource Center

Native Resource Center

The Native Resource Center at San Diego State University, facilitates the academic and personal success of Native American and Indigenous identified students through: relevant and accessible programming and resources, services to identify and address barriers to academic achievement, community building, on and off-campus partnerships, and advocacy for the inclusion of Native American/Indigenous peoples’ unique histories, cultures, and perspectives in campus programs and curriculum. 

Visit the Native Resource Center website.


First Nation Studies Exchange Program

First Nation Studies Exchange Program

The SDSU American Indian Studies-University of British Columbia First Nations Studies Exchange Program is open to all SDSU students affiliated with the department of American Indian Studies, who have taken at least one year of coursework and are in good academic standing (GPA of 2.5 or higher).

Financial Aid: SDSU Financial Aid programs are available to all qualified students, so apply early! Please note that participants in the exchange program must still pay SDSU tuition.

Housing: Participating students will be responsible for making their own arrangement with the University of British Columbia Housing Office. Do not delay as students housing is at a premium. Phone: 604-822-2811 | Email: [email protected]

UBC Academic Calendar: The UBC Winter Season is divided into two terms: The first term, generally from early September to late December (although some studies begin in August) and the second term, generally from early January to the end of April (although some studies continue well into the month of May). During the Winter Session classes are offered in the evening as well as in the the day. Term 1 of Summer Session begins in mid-May and continues through July. Term 2 of Summer Session begins in early July and ends in mid-August.

For details and specific courses, download the brochure.

More Information: 
Professor Esme Murdock, SDSU's Department of American Indian Studies chair and undergraduate advisor
Email: [email protected]