Funding to Assist U of I’s ‘New Beginnings for Tribal Students’ Project
September 16, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 16, 2020 — Degree attainment for tribal students at the University of Idaho received a boost thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The U of I’s Office of Tribal Relations and the Native American Student Center received the $289,000, two-year grant to assist students in agriculture, natural resources, food and human sciences.
The goal of the project, “UI-New Beginnings for Tribal Students” (UI-NBTS), will be to improve the go-on rates by utilizing academic support services that engage Indigenous Ways of Learning and Knowing.
“Our Indigenous students come to U of I with rich knowledge, teachings and experiences, and it is critical that as a Western institution we recognize their talents and strengths to support their academic success,” said Sydel Samuels, Native American Student Center director.
The U of I will collaborate on the funding with the 11 MOU tribes and Washington State University’s Office of Tribal Relations, which also received a separate grant for a similar project.
UI-NBTS will support 20 tribal students through culturally responsive recruitment and retention activities that provide: tuition and related fee support; experiential learning with engagement in Indigenous Ways of Learning and Knowing; and services that include tutoring, counseling and academic advising. Tribal graduates could return to their tribal communities prepared to address economic needs.
This project was funded to the University of Idaho by USDA NIFA under award 2020-70411-32777. The total project funding is $577,998 of which 50% is the federal share.
Office of Equity & Diversity and Office of Tribal Relations
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The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at uidaho.edu