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Native American and Indigenous Studies Community

What is the Native American and Indigenous Studies community?

This residential learning community is for students who are interested in learning about indigenous peoples around the world, developing knowledge and an understanding about the issues and challenges facing today’s and tomorrow’s indigenous communities, as well as exploring solutions to those challenges.

The Academic Residential Community offers core courses, workshops, community service opportunities, mentoring, seminars and academic counseling. ARC students will live collectively in Kalapuya Ilihi, located adjacent to the Many Nations Longhouse, with a resident assistants who will act as mentors and assist students in their success.

Why should I choose to live in this community?

The Native American and Indigenous Studies community will provide a strong residential academic cohort support system for students’ academic and social needs and connections to community and cultural traditions. The academic curriculum in the ARC will serve as a springboard for those students interested in the interdisciplinary minor in Native Studies.

Students will interact with faculty both within and outside of the classroom, as well as interact with upper division students who share their major or scholarly area. The connections between scholarship and community experience are further developed through cocurricular programming, including seminars, workshops, events, guest speakers, and professional development opportunities.

There will also be opportunities for collaborations with other ARCs and groups who share similar goals and connections, including the Native American Student Union, and cultural events at the Many Nations Longhouse. The combination of curricular and cocurricular programming is designed to encourage academic and social growth among students and scholars with shared vision, with a goal of nurturing both individual and community empowerment.

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

The NAIS community is for students who are eligible to live in University Housing and are willing to enroll in the required courses. Students also participate in co-curricular activities (workshops, events, service learning, etc.) and are encouraged to serve as a mentor or mentee through the peer mentoring program.

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select the program you prefer in the "Academic Residential Communities" section.
  • Second - Fill out the Supplemental Application page which will show at the end of your housing application, the program director will be in communication with you over the summer to remind you to fill out the form and determine class placement and details.

For more information email Brian Klopotek, the faculty advisor for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential Community.


This community is currently located in Kalapuya Ilihi. Please note that Academic Residential Communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes.