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San Diego State University

Native American Scholars and Collaborators Projects

Values and Principles

The Department of Counseling & School Psychology (CSP) holds a mission of promoting social justice, equity, and culturally competent practice.

The Native American and Indigenous Scholars Collaborative (NAISC) is guided by values and principles we consider to be consistent with indigenous peoples and communities.

Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • Mediate problem solving between the Western and Traditional world views
  • Learn to be adaptable, be resourceful, and walk flexibly in two worlds
  • Learn both experientially and theoretically
  • Learn principles and practices of change/ change agents
  • Learn and practice systematic perspectives in the delivery of equity, diversity and cultural democracy
  • Learn system of Native creativity inquiry as a method of self-sufficient thinking and survival
  • Re-emerge from decolonization, which will lead to empowerment
  • Develop bicultural world view from which to assess, interpret and intervene


Photo: three young women graduates


Image: culture and identity

An Indigenous Conceptual Framework:
Guiding School Psychology Practice with Indigenous Youth, Families, and Communities