The American Indian Student Center is committed to providing a welcome home-place to support those who have courageously chosen to walk the path of higher education. The AISC understands that a vital part of our function involves nation building and works to encourage students to recognize and develop their voice and help prepare Native students to respond to the call to return home.
The AISC offers personalized support for prospective and current students that focuses on areas, such as (but not limited to):
- Retention Advisement
- Social, Cultural and Academic Programming
- Organizational Student Leadership Development
- Community and Professional Referrals
- Financial Aid Guidance
- Enrollment and Registration Assistance
- Peer Mentoring
- Peer Tutoring
Two registered Native student organizations are AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) and AISA (American Indian Student Association) and serve as cultural, social and educational outlets for all students at SDState.
At SDState, we recognize smudging as a way of life of American Indian/Alaska Native people and welcome this time-honored practice on our campus. The AISC serves as a designated venue where smudging and pipe ceremonies may be conducted.