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The Native American Support Program (NASP) is a Student Success Unit of the Office of Student Success and Belonging at the University of Illinois -Chicago. NASP provides Indigenous Principles informed support to all students. NASP, the oldest office in Illinois designed for Native Americans, is dedicated to promoting academic success and achievement for all students, especially those of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander ethnicity, culture, community, and heritage. The mission of NASP is to assist students in achieving their academic goals, increase student admissions and retention rates, and engage and inform the Chicago and UIC community of Indigenous cultures by providing academic and career coaching, culturally relevant activities, and creating a safe and supportive space for Indigenous student concerns. We strive to help the University of Illinois Chicago to be ”Indigenous Student Ready.”

  • Serve Serve as advocates for students’ access to higher education

  • Assist Assist students in developing and achieving educational goals

  • Provide Provide an environment that recognizes the diversity of Indigenous peoples

  • Support Providing support and mentoring with a purpose of developing the well-being of students

  • Connect Connecting students to resources and opportunities on and off campus

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  • Academic Coaching

    NASP Staff members work with college advisors to provide assistance with the admissions process and degree requirements.

  • Financial Assistance

    Students are guided on the processes with scholarships and grant opportunities, and FAFSA. Staff members work with various tribal scholarship offices and other scholarship providers to obtain the necessary documentation for applications.

  • Leadership and Professional Development

    Opportunities to participate in leadership workshops, lecture series, film viewings, social events, and cultural activities are encouraged and provided to promote personal growth and accomplishments.

  • Genealogy and Tribal Enrollment Assistance

    NASP believes in the right for individual self-determination. Guidance is provided for those that are committed for in-depth research of their genealogic background.

  • Community Outreach

    Staff maintain a working relationship with local and national Native American organizations. Participation in NASP provides access to leadership opportunities, internships, summer programs, cultural activities and resources.

  • Cultural Programs

    Staff work closely with students to invite Indigenous speakers and presentations to campus.  Native American Heritage month activities are an integral part of the UIC cultural experience in celebration of the diversity of Native America.