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Peer Mentoring Program

First year students are paired up with more experienced upperclassmen as they enter their first fall semester of college. NASS peer mentors provide support and guidance for first year students in order to promote the success and retention of Native American students.

Meet the 2022-23 NASS Peer Mentors

William Chinana

William is an environmental studies major. He calls Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico where he's an enrolled member of the tribe. Upon graduation he would like to use what he's learned at Morris to leave a positive impact on the environment for people in his community. At the moment he enjoys watching sports, road trips and experiencing cultures through music and food. 

Emma Hiegel 

Emma is affiliated with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. She is majoring in Biology with a pre-nursing focus and plans to go through the University of Minnesota's masters of nursing program. She takes part in NASS cultural programs and is on the Concert Choir counsel. In her spare time she enjoys playing animal crossing, hammocking, singing, playing piano, reading, spending time with family and friends, true crime, and thrifting.
 

Gabe Long

Gabe is from Moenkopi Arizona and is a part of the Hopi Tribe. He is majoring in Elementary Education. Gabe takes part in NASS, leader in Campus Ambassador, and a CA in Indy Hall. In his free time he likes to go fishing, spend time with his golden retriever, and family

Mariah Thesing 

 Mariah (she/her/hers) is affiliated with the Chippewa Tribe from the White Earth Reservation Mississippi Band and is majoring in Management with the Sub-Plan of Financial and Organizational Management with a Minor in French. She is an officer in Entre Nous (French Club), Co-President for Laser Club Initiative, involved in NASS, Morris Ministry of Magic (AKA Harry Potter Club), MMA, and is an Office Assistant working in the Student Activities Office on campus. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, singing, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and doing artsy things.

Dylan Young 

Dylan is affiliated with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and is majoring in Political Science. He is currently the Freshman representative for the Circle of Indigenous Nations (CNIA) student group. His future goal is to go to law school and earn his J.D. with a focus on the United States legal system and its relationship to Native American treaties. He enjoys writing and cooking in his spare time.