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About Us

The Native American Student Center (NASC) at the University of Idaho empowers Native American students by meeting their academic, social and cultural needs as they navigate the college experience. The NASC serves as a supportive foundation for students to help ease the transition from home to campus life.

The NASC fosters community and growth among Native American students through mentoring, uncovering leadership qualities and inspiring cultural values that are vital to our Native identity.

The center serves as a vital link between Native American students, the university and tribal communities, working to develop sensitivity and appreciation for Native American culture among non-Indian students, faculty and staff. The Native American Student Center believes in assisting the University of Idaho community in creating a culturally diverse and sensitive campus by advocating student centered support programs, cultural events, tools for personal growth experiences, as well as critical thinking skills.

  • The NASC offers a comfortable environment to meet and mingle with other Native American students, as well as faculty and staff.
  • Tribal networking
  • Tutoring
  • Financial and academic advising
  • Leadership and professional development opportunities
  • Emergency fund
  • Mentoring
  • Computers, printer, telephone and fax access
  • Refrigerator and microwave
  • Campus referrals

What is the Memorandum of Understanding?

The MOU seeks to improve the quality of educational opportunities provided to Native American students at U of I and enrich the overall learning environment.

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Our Staff

Sydel Samuels

Director, Native American Student Center

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Yolanda Bisbee

Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director of Tribal Relations



Dakota Kidder

Program Coordinator, Native American Student Center

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Sarah Penney

Idaho EPSCoR Diversity, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

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Contact Us

To contact the Native American Student Center (NASC), call 208-885-4237.

Contact Us

Physical Address:
865 W. Seventh Street 
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3030
Moscow, ID 83844-3030

Phone: 208-885-4237


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Physical Address:
865 W. Seventh Street 
Moscow, ID 83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3030
Moscow, ID 83844-3030

About Us Map