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Native American Programs Multicultural Student Mentoring Program

Through the Multicultural Student Services mentoring program, every incoming Native American freshman is matched to a mentor, who will contact students before they come to campus and throughout their first year at WSU.  Student mentors provide their mentees with personalized and sensitive support for academic, personal, and social development while enhancing their leadership, team building and communication skills.

Goals of the program are:

  • Enhance students’ understanding of the purpose and role of higher education
  • Assist students in developing a relationship with the institution, peers, staff, and community
  • Provide information concerning academic policies, procedures and programs
  • Promote an awareness of non-classroom opportunities
  • Create an atmosphere that minimizes anxiety, promotes positive attitudes, and stimulates an environment for learning
  • Develop familiarity with the physical surroundings
  • Improve the retention rate of new students

2020-2021 Mentors

Jaissa Grunlose

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Hello, my name is Jaissa Grunlose, I am from Yakima, Washington and I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. I am a senior marketing major with an American Indian studies minor. Outside of school I love to travel, hangout with friends and family, and cook. On campus I am involved in the Native American Women’s Association and the Natives in Media club. After I graduate, I plan to go to business school and give back to my community while working for my tribe.

Email: jaissa.grunlose@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Kaitlin Srader

My name is Kaitlin Srader and I am an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. I am a senior this year double majoring in Sociology and Women’s Studies with a minor in Diversity in the Workplace. In my spare time, I like to roller skate, exercise, and play board games with my friends. I also work in the Women*s Center for the Coalition of Womxn Students!

Email: kaitlin.srader@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Alicia “Bridgette” Ojeda

Hello my name is Alicia. I am a senior majoring in kinesiology (Pre-Physical Therapy). I am from Walla Walla, WA. In my spare time I enjoy working out, going to concerts, hiking, traveling, and eating out with friends. I am currently working towards becoming a personal trainer and after graduation I plan on going to physical therapy school.

Email: alicia.ojeda@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Jamie Kness

Hello! My name is Jamie Kness, I’m an enrolled member of the Navajo nation. I am a sophomore this fall 2020, with a double major of science communication and multimedia journalism. I was born and raised in Burlington, WA. My future plans are to work as a technical writer and journalist with a focus in scientific research.

Email: jamie.kness@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Asiamay Diaz

Halito, sv hohchifo yvt Asiamay. Hello, my name is Asiamay. I am a senior at WSU studying Zoology on the Pre-Veterinarian track; my goal is to be an exotic veterinarian with my own sanctuary. I am a military kid and have moved several times but, my family is now in Spokane. On campus I am a Student Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, the Assistant Hall Director of Northside Residence Hall, and an Undergraduate Researcher in the Dowd Lab (School of Biological Sciences).

Email: asiamay.diaz@wsu.edu

 

 

 

Vincent (Vinny) Gonzalez

My name is Vincent Gonzalez and I’m an enrolled member of the Puyallup Tribe. I’m a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I want to become a mental health counselor at the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority. Outside of school I enjoy thrifting and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy trying different foods vendors and restaurants around the Palouse. I was raised most of my life in the Yakima Valley, and enjoyed every bit of it! After undergrad I plan on getting work experience before I apply to grad school on the west side of Washington! Go Cougs!

Email: vincent.gonzalez@wsu.edu

 

 

Cithlalli Guzman

Hello my name is Cithlalli. I’m originally from Houston, Texas but I decided to study out of state to experience a new environment! It’s my second year at WSU and I’m currently studying psychology with a Pre-Med track, I hope to become a psychiatrist one day and later on open my own private practice.  Some of my interest include painting, making vision boards and going to concerts.

Email: cithlalli.guzman@wsu.edu