The mission of the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) at the University of Utah is to advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native students through recruitment and retention projects that lead to graduation. The AIRC serves as a vital link between American Indian and Alaska Native students; the University; and the larger community. The AIRC works to increase American Indian student visibility and success on campus by advocating for and providing student centered programs and tools to enhance academic success, cultural events to promote personal wellbeing, and a supportive “home-away-from-home” space for students to grow and develop leadership skills. The AIRC strives to advance public education concerning contemporary issues in American Indians and Alaska Natives communities. The AIRC also seeks to promote outreach and collaboration with tribal nations and American Indian communities throughout the State of Utah and the region.
- Recruitment – To increase the number of American Indian students who enroll at the University of Utah.
- Retention – To increase the retention and graduation rate of American Indian students at the University of Utah.
- Culture – To increase the cultural and historical competency of American Indians for all students, staff, and faculty at the University of Utah.
- Community Outreach – To increase communication and collaborative relationships with tribal nations and American Indian communities throughout the State of Utah.
University of Utah Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
The University of Utah has both historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous Peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous Peoples. The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous Peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous Peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government. Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.
Samantha Eldridge (Diné)
Interim Director, American Indian Resource Center
FDAIRC (Bldg 622)
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