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Native American Programs Multicultural Student Mentoring Program

Through the 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

2021-2022 Mentors

Ermia Butler

Wawkunis (Hello) I’m Ermia Butler I’m a junior majoring in environmental and Ecosystem science. I’m and enrolled tribal member of the Confederated tribes of the Umatilla Indian reservation located in mission, Oregon. My involvement on campus is Native American Women’s Association (NAWA), Ku-ah-mah, the XI chapter of Alpha PI Omega.




Brooklyn Hufstader

Hello! My name is Brooklyn Hufstader and I am a descendant of the Blackfeet Nation. I am majoring in Spanish and considering a minor in art. When I am not busy, I like to draw, swim, play video games, and hang out with friends. When I graduate, I hope to work as a Spanish teacher and continue to do art in my spare time.




Damien AlvaradoPhoto of Damien

Hey, my name is Damien Alvarado, and I am a junior double majoring in Broadcast News and Public Relations with a minor in Sports Communications. I am a student manager at the South Side Dining Hall and the Sports Director for Cable 8. I like to play intramurals, work out, and have a good time. I am from La Puente, California, so I always try to bring great vibes. I plan to be a sideline reporter and eventual anchor for one of the major sports networks. “It takes time to create excellence. If it could be done quickly, more people would do it.”



Derek Phan

Hello! My name is Derek Phan and I am from Camas, Washington. I am a 4th year majoring in bioengineering with a minor in math. In my spare time I like to cook, hangout with friends and spend time with my dog! On campus I am involved in my fraternity, and hope to be more involved on campus!



Linnea Grotheer

Hello my name is Linnea Grotheer and I live in Edmonds, WA. I am currently a senior on a Pre-Pharmacy track majoring in Biology. I am a part time pharmacy assistant and also the CO-President of Pre-Pharmacy club at WSU. After graduation, my plan is to attend Pharmacy school and get my PharmD degree. In my spare time I like to hike, catch up on shows, and hangout with friends.



Maritay Mendoza

Hello!!! My name is Maritay Mendoza Quiroz and I am a Junior pursuing a double degree in Pre- Law Political Science and Foreign Languages and Cultures: Spanish with a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies. I plan to become an immigration Lawyer and help my community. I am from Baja California, MX but I’ve been in the States almost 5 years. On campus I am involved in MECHA de WSU and Crimson Group. I am a person who never gives up besides any obstacle. In my spare time I like to eat, paint, and hang out with friends!


Cithlalli Guzmán

Hi my name is Cithlalli Guzmán and I am from Houston, Texas! I’m a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology and a concentration in at risk youth! During my free time my favorite thing to do in Pullman is watch the sunset, I also love to travel and I’m a huge sports fan. Aside from being a student mentor I’m also involved within my sorority and I’m looking forward to being involved on campus now that we’ll be back in person!




Vinny Gonzalez


Fall 2021 Mentor Office Hours

Mentors will be available at during the following times throughout the week at the Native Center. Feel free to stop by anytime and join them!