Student Spotlight

Caitlin Phillips

The Native Student Program has become home to me. The sense of community I feel when I’m with them is unlike any other friendships I have made while here at Syracuse. It’s because of the people in this program I was able to make Syracuse home rather than just school, which was something that was missing for me and change my college experience. There are so many more doors open to you when you get involved with the Native Student Program than if you try to navigate SU on your own. The advisors are amazing and always willing to help, and says “If you have a question, she has an answer”.

Caitlin Phillips
Anthropology / College of Arts and Sciences

Native Student Program



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On August 15, 2005, Syracuse University announced the Haudenosaunee Promise Scholarship Program for admitted first-year and transfer full-time 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 Promise recipients. 

In collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs, the Native Student Program was established as a program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Regina Jones, assistant director, and Stephanie Waterman, faculty associate, teamed up to direct the initiative. 

Program Objectives 

The Native Student Program was created as a resource for Native students to support their transition to college. Students gather weekly at 113 Euclid Avenue to attend workshops and gain strategic information that will promote their academic success, including academic counseling. It is also important that the students remain connected with their heritage. Therefore, in addition to receiving the tools necessary for academic success, the program will provide on-going opportunities to attend conferences and to remain connected to their people and their history, including a trip to the Ganondagan State Historical Site in Victor, New York, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. 

With the direct connection provided by Regina Jones and Neal Powless, Native Student Academic Coordinator, to the Onondaga Nation, students will also have access and a genuine connection to 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
113 Euclid
Syracuse, NY 13244-2070
Telephone: (315) 443-0258
Fax: (315) 443-8460