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NBTS educational events: 

Co-Sponsored by Sea Grant

April 26th, 2022

Mentoring Indigenous Students in STEM and OSU Resources for Indigenous Students

Click the links to view session recordings on YouTube:

  • Dr. Luhui Whitebear (Director, OSU Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws) and Christy Jones (Native American & Indigenous Student Success Coordinator) share resources and programs supporting Indigenous students on the Oregon State University campus, 2022.

Keynote: Dr. Sweeney Windchief will facilitate faculty insights into effectively mentoring Indigenous students, with a focus on the STEM fields. Dr. Sweeney Windchief is a member of the Fort Peck Tribes (Assiniboine) in Montana and serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at Montana State University (MSU). He is a lead partner in the collaborative Indigenous Mentoring Program at MSU.


Part 1: Introduction to Oregon’s Indigenous History

May 11th, 2021

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Part 2: Mentoring Indigenous Students in STEM

May 20, 2021

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These virtual zoom trainings are intended for all interested faculty working with Native and Indigenous students, mentors, intern supervisors, students, and all NBTS committee participants.


NBTS Mentorship:

Are you interested in mentoring an NBTS student?  Mentor Interest Form HERE.

NBTS interns are expected to meet with a mentor throughout their internship. If students do not have a mentor, the Program Manager can help match interns with mentors.

In addition, NBTS program leaders are providing a training for intern mentors (and all interested faculty, program participants, and partners) to increase cultural awareness of Oregon Tribal history and effective mentoring of Native American students. Participating mentors also receive framework and tools for mentoring NBTS interns.

Who can be an NBTS mentor?

  • OSU faculty, staff or qualified graduate students,
  • SWOCC faculty and staff, and
  • Internship worksite supervisors hosting an NBTS-funded student. 

Essential NBTS mentor expectations:

  • Participate in the NBTS Mentor training zoom workshop in spring.
  • Meet with your mentee periodically over the summer during their internship (i.e. 2-4 x per month).
  • Participate in 3 cohort meetings during the summer.
  • Provide program evaluation feedback so that the NBTS can continue improving service to students and mentors. 

Program Coordinators

Bessie Bessie Joyce

   New Beginnings for Tribal Students Program Manager
   Cell: 541-743-6106 

Jeff-circlecropJeff Sherman

   Open Campus Program Leader 

DianaDiana Kaljumagi

   New Beginnings for Tribal Students Coordinator,

   Southwestern Oregon Community College 

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