Indigenous Connections to Success
What is Indigenous Connections to Success?
The inaugural Indigenous Connections to Success program is a collaborative partnership between the Office of Indigenous Student Success (OISS) and the Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI) that serves all self-identified Indigenous students (Alaska Native, First Nations, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and all peoples who identify as Indigenous) from first-year to graduate-level NAU students. The program aims to provide undergraduate and graduate Indigenous students an opportunity to build Indigenous community connections and awareness of resources for success before the first day of classes (8/29/22).
Benefits of the 2022 in-person program include:
- Access helpful community resources
- Build friendships before classes start
- Connect with key mentors and staff/faculty
- Develop your support network
- Enjoy fun, interactive social activities
Who should attend? Accordion Closed
NAU Indigenous students (Alaska Native, First Nation, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and all people who identify as Indigenous) from first-year to graduate-level, are invited to this FREE program. Program participation is on a first-come, first-confirmed basis. REGISTER by Monday, August 22, 2022 Indigenous Connections to Success
Program dates Accordion Closed
The program will be held over three days on August 24-26, 2022, at the Native American Cultural Center (bldg. 14) and the Fieldhouse at the University Union (bldg. 30).
Event Agenda Accordion Closed
WEDNESDAY, August 24: RESPECT & RELATIONSHIPS
10:00 am Check in @Native American Cultural Center
10:30 Blessing & Welcome
11:00 Indige-Quest 2 Success activity
12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK @Hot Spot dining hall
1:00 pm Continuation of Indige-Quest 2 Success
2:30 Talking Circle activity
THURSDAY, August 25: RESPONSIBILITY
9:00 am Check in @Native American Cultural Center
9:30 Blessing & Welcome
10:00 Indigenous Alumni Panel
12:00-1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK @Hot Spot
1:30-3:30 Student Resources & Support mini-sessions
FRIDAY, August 26:
RESILIENCE / ELEVATING INDIGENOUS EXCELLENCE FIELD DAY @ the FIELDHOUSE
8:30 am **Location has changed to @Fieldhouse (University Union, bldg. 30)**
9:00 am Opening Welcome & Blessing
9:30 Fun Field Activities Begin
12:00-1:30 pm LUNCH by Val’s Frybread food truck (for registered attendees)
NAU’s Approach to COVID-19 Accordion Closed
- NAU is a mask-friendly campus, and we encourage individuals to mask to their comfort level and to respect others’ personal choices. Masks continue to be required in clinical and health care settings, including the Campus Health Services clinic.
- When selecting a mask, choose one that fits well and is comfortable. The CDC offers guidance on choosing a mask.
- NAU has a supply of N95 respirator masks available free of charge for members of our university community. Masks are available at the info desks in the Union and DuBois, and (upon request) for employees at NAU-CampusSupply@nau.edu, as supplies are available.
- We strongly encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated and boosted.
- Vaccines are widely available in Coconino County and throughout Arizona.
- To check on your eligibility for booster doses or when to get a booster, please follow CDC guidance.
Testing and Monitoring
- NAU will not require COVID-19 tests and does not have a voluntary testing program for Fall 2022 at the Fieldhouse.
- Individuals who are symptomatic or have recently come in close contact with a positive individual can get tested at Campus Health Services.
- At-home test kits are widely available, including free at-home test kits from the federal government. NAU will also have a supply of at-home kits available for distribution.
- Additional testing resources are available in Coconino County and throughout Arizona.
- NAU will continue to collect wastewater samples on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus to monitor for viral activity.
Isolation and Reporting
- Follow guidance from the CDC on isolation (for positive tests or those experiencing symptoms) and exposure protocols.
- NAU students who test positive are strongly encouraged to use the Faculty Notification Request to inform their instructors and make arrangements to continue to progress in their coursework while isolating.
- NAU students are encouraged to either return home for isolation or isolate in place at their on- or off-campus residence. All students should have proactive and clear conversations with their roommates about expectations should they test positive and need to isolate.
- NAU faculty and staff who test positive should follow the CDC guidelines and work with their supervisor on appropriate arrangements for remote work and absences while isolating.
- Coconino County continues to monitor and report on local cases via their COVID-19 dashboard.
This information was sent via email to the campus community from the NAU Office of the President on 8/15/2022.