The Native American Student Development Office (NASD) is an undergraduate retention program that operates under the support of the Multicultural, Sexuality & Gender Centers (MSGC), a component of the Office of Equity & Inclusion. NASD seeks to address the academic needs of Native American undergraduate students and functions to support and guide campus efforts to retain and graduate Native American undergraduates from UC Berkeley.
Pathways to Success, Peer Leader
As Peer Leader for the 2015-2016 NASD Pathways to Success program, my role involved mentoring incoming Native freshman and junior transfers supportive program that combines a series of weekly workshops, social events, and one-on-one mentoring to help students become acclimated to campus, feel comfortable and safe in the local community, and be introduced to the full resources that UC Berkeley has to offer.
I entered the NASD community in my sophomore year during Fall 2014, where I worked as the Communications Liason. In this role, I designed the weekly office newsletter, designed the second iteration of the NASD website using the Drupal platform, managed the NASD Facebook presence, assisted in coordinating the NASD-hosted annual Perspectives on Contemporary Native Issues Symposium, and acted as office ambassador in all professional communications. This was the first year that NASD had a full-time director, and many of the programs and events that NASD coordinated were being done for the very first time, so much of my involvement was in helping the office grow from the roots up.