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San Diego State University

Native American Scholars and Collaborators Projects

Native Mentors and Models

Mentoring is a hallmark of our School Psychology and School Counseling programs. All faculty members:

  • Spend a considerable time outside of class with students
  • Regularly mentor their students' professional presentations at state and national conferences
  • Link students to valuable leadership activities 


For Native American and Indigenous students, the dilemmas and stress of "living in two worlds" is best mediated by role models and, if possible, mentors who understand both worldviews as well as expectations of content.

Ethnic similarity has long been recognized as an asset in counseling and establishing human relationships. NAISC provides a variety of Native American and Indigenous role models who become critical in assisting students to successfully bridge the 2 divergent cultures in which they participate.

 

Photo: Elvina Charley, Carol Robinson Zanartu, Joe Trimble, Jacob Price, Mallory Rachel, janice Tso
 
Elvina Charley, Carol Robinson Zanartu, Joe Trimble, Jacob Price,
Mallory Rachel, Janice Tso

 
Photo: Mentor Cajete & scholars
 
Mentor Dr. Gregory Cajete poses with Scholars
 

 

 

Photo: Elvina Charley and student

Elvina Charley uses the cradle board to discuss concepts and meaning.
 

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Larry Emerson, Ph.D.
Project Mentor and Community Activist
(Diné)
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Marilyn Robinson, M.S., M.A. 
Former Seminar Instructor
(Cayuga, First Nations)