by Joelle Edwards, Native American Retention Specialist


As the snow keeps coming down on the Palouse, we in the Native American Student Center are keeping warm and busy this semester with comfort foods, friendly competition, and looking ahead to summer opportunities.

Students enjoy a meal in the Native Center
(l-r): Jaissa Grunlose, Kaitlin Srader and Kyra Antone eat and chat at the Native American Student Center during a First Friday Feed.

Speaking of comfort foods, our students and staff enjoyed spaghetti and spent an evening playing board games together at the February Community Dinner. At our February First Friday Feed, we enjoyed warm broccoli cheddar soup and imagined opportunities we could have in the Peace Corps. As we ate our soup and bread, Brian Nyquist, WSU Peace Corps Recruiter, told us stories of warm weather and adventures to be had across the world.

To get us thinking about summer opportunities and life after WSU, we had a series of workshops around career preparation. The Native American Student Center brought in a presenter from the Academic Career and Success Center to assist students in finding potential jobs or internships and to give personalized feedback on resumes.

During the month of March, the Native American Student Center will be participating in March Madness by having students and staff fill out basketball brackets. Everyone will be encouraged to return to the center for live-streamed games and to see whose bracket is busted! Winner gets bragging rights til next March!

We will wrap up the year with our Native American Student Recognition. This event recognizes our Native American students who are graduating. Community members, family, and friends are all invited to attend this celebration. This year the event is Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.

Our other upcoming events are the First Friday Feeds. They are March 1st and April 1st from 11:00 – 2:00 pm in the Native American Student Center. Our Mom’s Weekend Brunch is Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 – 12:00 pm at the Asian Pacific American Cultural House.

Please join us at any of our upcoming events!