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.
Each year, American Indian/Alaska Native(AI/AN) students choose to attend South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue their college education. In support of this journey, the American Indian Student Center (AISC) staff serve as student advocates and includes faculty and staff who understand the distinctiveness of the matriculation, transition, persistence and graduation of AI/AN college students. 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
The AISC engages with student to address:
- Being the first. How do I navigate college life when I am the first in my family to do so?
- Being a source of knowledge. What are the strengths I bring to my college experience as an AI/AN student at SDSU and why is it important to acknowledge this?
- Being accountable. How do I remain motivated and nurture my ability to positively affect the outcome of my educational experience at SDSU?
- Becoming a change agent. What is my responsibility in making meaning of how I apply my educational experience to create positive change?
Not every University offers the space and supportive services for AI/AN students. Therefore, students are encouraged to stop by the AISC and experience the student-centered educational resources offered here, as a gateway toward their collegiate success.
South Dakota State University is located in the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), an alliance that consists of the Isanti (Santee), Ihanktunwan (Yankton) and Titunwan (Teton) Lakota peoples.