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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 2020-2021 NASS Peer Mentors

Delaney Anderson '22

Delaney is from the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She is majoring in Human Services and minoring in Native American Indigenous Studies and is planning on graduating in the spring of 2022. She takes part in NASS, TRiO, CNIA, Korean Culture Club, College Bowl, and UMM Radio. Her favorite hobbies are playing video games, hiking, drinking coffee, and playing board/card games.

Becca Bertalotto – ‘22

Trio SSS/NASS Peer Mentor

Becca is from the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and is double majoring in Human Services with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Spanish with a minor in Anthropology. Becca is an active member around campus--participating in MCSA, serves as the Humanities Division Spanish Representative, a lead campus ambassador, sits on the Honors Council, and is a CA in Spooner Hall. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, volunteering at the Humane Society, reading, and playing with her dog, Katie.

Brandon King '22

Brandon is Navajo (Dine’) and is planning on graduating in the spring of 2022. He is majoring in Psychology, Sociology, and Human Services, and has a minor in Management. Brandon is the instructor of the MMA club; the secretary of BFLF; a NASS mentor; co-chair of the concert for CAC; on the Board of Regents and Vice-chair for MSCA; and is involved in AFRC, RPG club, and the Anime club. During his free time, he likes to work out, play D&D, watch/yell at his T.V. during MMA or football, hang out with friends, hike, work on a book series for prep school kids, and write philosophy ideas in store form.

Mariah Thesing ‘23


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.

Mariah Turner ‘21

Mariah is affiliated with the White Earth Nation and is majoring in Psychology and Human Service with a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her biggest goal is to use her degree in a helping capacity to work with children or women who live in tribal communities. She enjoys reading, writing fictional stories, and hanging out with her friends around campus.

Dylan Young ‘23

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.