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Native Student Program

History 

On August 15, 2005, Syracuse University announced the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program for admitted, full-time first-year and transfer students who are current citizens of one of the six Haudenosaunee nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca or Tuscarora. 

On August 21, 2006, the inaugural class of 45 Native students were invited to move in early and begin a three-day orientation program. Of these, 31 are Haudenosaunee Promise recipients. 

In collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs, now Enrollment and the Student Experience, the Native Student Program was established as a program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Assistant Director Regina Jones and Faculty Associate Stephanie Waterman teamed up to direct the initial initiative. 

Program Objectives 

The Native Student Program was created as a resource for Native students to support their transition into college. Students gather weekly at 113 Euclid Avenue to attend workshops and gain strategic information that promotes academic success, including academic counseling. Since heritage is very important, the program provides opportunities for students to attend conferences and to remain connected to their people and their history, including a trip in the Spring to culminate the Native Idenitity Series. Past trips have included visits to the Ganondagan State Historical Site in Victor, New York, Kanatsiohareke Mohawk Community in Fonda, New York, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.  

With the direct connection to the Onondaga Nation provided by Regina Jones and Native Student Academic Consultant Hugh Burnam, students will also have access to and a genuine connection with local Native people and events. The Native Student Program also provides students the necessary engagement for growth and success beyond the walls of college through faculty, staff, and peer interaction. 

The physical space committed to the Native Student Program at 113 Euclid Avenue will serve as an extension to the home-away-from-home theme that is central to the Office of Multicultural Affairs for its students.

Contact Information
Regina Jones
Assistant Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs/Native Student Program

Hugh Burnam
Academic Consultant
Office of Multicultural Affairs/Native Student Program

113 Euclid Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13244
Telephone: (315) 443-0258
Fax: (315) 443-8460