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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 2019-2020 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.

Kailyn Anderson '20

Kailyn is from the White Earth Reservation. She is a double major in Psychology and Biology with a Pre-Med Focus and plans on graduating the fall of 2020. She is a Human Anatomy TA, a Biological Psychology TA, a Molecular Biology PAL, a NASS peer mentor, a Summit Study group tutor mentor, and a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her favorite hobbies are traveling around the world, shopping, reading, watching tv/movies, and working out/playing sports.

Katie Goose '20

Katie is Anishinaabe, her family comes from the White Earth and Red Lake Reservations. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in English and Spanish. Katie is looking forward to graduating this Spring. She is involved with NASS, Korean Culture Club, Sigma Delta Pi, ESL, Jane Addams, and Asian Student Association. In her free time, she enjoys reading, drinking tea, watching Asian dramas, and learning other languages.

Charles Hassinger '20

Charles is from the Aniak Tribe. He is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Communication, Media, and Rhetoric. He is planning on graduating this coming Spring and is involved in Sociology and Anthropology Society (SAS) and Circle of Nations Indigenous Associations (CNIA). His hobbies include reading books, listening to music, going to the gym, and watching movies.

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.

Kerri Nelson '21

Kerri is from the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe. She plans to graduate from UMN Morris in the Spring of 2021 and is double majoring in NAIS and English with a creative writing sub-plan. Kerri is a CA in Spooner hall and is in the English club. She also enjoys working out and playing the piano during her spare time.

Morgan Olson '21

Morgan is Ojibwe from the White Earth Pillager Band of Ojibwe and comes from the Bear Clan. Morgan plans to graduate from UMM in 2021 and has two majors: Anthropology and NAIS. She is involved in the Ojibwe language table, the McNair program, CNIA, SAS, and AISES. During her free time, Morgan likes to paint, skateboard, bead, sew, read, and cook.

Tahni Parisien '20

Tahni is Anishinaabe from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation.She is majoring in Human Service with an emphasis on Social Justice and plans on graduating Spring 2020. She is involved with CNIA and NASS. During her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, working out, having game nights, and starting a new series on Netflix.

Sierra Paske '20

Sierra is enrolled in the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux tribe and plans to graduate this coming spring. She is majoring in Forensic Science with an emphasis in Chemistry and in Native American Indigenous Studies. Sierra is a McNair scholar, a member of CNIA, an assistant on the track and field team, and a campus ambassador. In her free time, she enjoys writing, beading, and watching crime shows.

NASS is now Hiring Peer Mentors for the 2020-2021 School Year!

-Early move in for Fall 2020
-Build leadership skills
-Assist peers in graduating with their degrees

Required Qualifications:
Have completed 30 credit hours by the beginning of Fall 2020
Be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours or evidence of timely degree completion
Have a cumulative GPA of a least 2.5
Must be in good academic standing
Commit to establishing and maintaining a helping relationship with students on a bi-weekly basis

You can find a complete job description here

If you meet the required qualifications and are interested in applying to become a NASS mentor, you can complete the applicaiton here.

Please select "Yes" under the question "Are you interested in applying to be a Native American Student Success Peer Mentor?" to ensure your application will be reviewed. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Any questions can be directed to Gabby Allan at