Your contribution will support UNLV’s Native American Welcome Day. This event coincides with the university’s Welcome Weeks program and emphasizes ways that American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students can become involved with and identify with the campus community.
What Is the Need?
For the 2017 fall semester, UNLV will have 647 students who identify as being either American Indian or Alaska Native, of this number 56 individuals identify as being exclusively AI/AN. Unfortunately, American Indian/Alaska Native students have the highest stop-out rate of any other student group. Moreover, according to the latest data provided by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, AI/AN undergraduate students represent 1 percent of the total undergraduate population. Of this population, 38 percent have completed their degree within 6 years. This is the lowest completion rate among all ethnicities [white (60%), black (40%), Hispanic (49%), Asian/Pacific Islander (67%)]. Furthermore, research has shown that creating a sense of connection within the university is critical to retaining students. Therefore, the focus of the Native American Welcome Day is to create a sense of belonging that eases students’ transition into campus life.
Who We Are
The American Indian Alliance (AIA) is an employee resource group, whose mission is to advance American Indian/Alaska Native education. One of our goals is to create a welcoming environment that attracts and retains students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about AIA please visit: https://www.unlv.edu/aia
How we will use your contribution
We will use available funding in the following order. One quarter of anticipated funding will go toward the cost of the venue and food & beverages. Five percent of funding will go toward the cost of producing an event program and handouts. The remainder of available funding will go toward giveaways and student incentives.