New Student Orientation - Native Skyway to Success

Native Skyway to Sucess - August 19th-23rd

Native Skyway to Success: The Native First Year Experience (NS2S)

Native American Center students and staff

NS2S participants will interact with peers from multiple tribal communities.  Over 160 tribal nations are represented at Fort Lewis College from as far north as the Arctic Circle to the Southern reaches of the eastern seaboard.  You will build community through experiential development, and focus on building academic capital within the College community so that your first year of college is a success.

You will have the opportunity to engage with faculty members and build relevant skills such as how interpret a syllabus, a crash course on how to use theFort Student Portal, and how to navigate academic resources and network with mentors. Additionally, you will engage with the Four Corners area through an indigenous lens and have a ton of fun along the way. This program will be led by the Native American Center staff members and current student leaders.

For more information please contact Lisa Cate at lscate@fortlewis.edu or 970-247-7221.

When: August 19-23, 2018
Where: Campus
Number of students: 50
Student cost: $50

Registration is closed.

Day 1: Move-In & Team Building

During the morning, you will move in and get settled into your assigned rooms. In the afternoon, you will participate in team building exercises provided by the Red Eagle Challenge based in Shiprock, NM.

Day 2: Preparing to Transition to College

You will focus on preparing for college academics in the morning. The afternoon will be focused on wellness activities designed to assist you in building healthy habits as you transition into college. You will have a chance in the late afternoon to explore Durango so you can become more acquainted with the community.

Day 3: Indigenous History in the Southwest

The morning will be focused on building your academic skills for college. The afternoon will consist of a day trip to the Aztec Ruins in Aztec, NM. This will help you get acquainted with the Four Corners area and learn about the history that Indigenous People have in the Southwest.

Day 4: Indigenous Success in College

The day will begin with academic preparation for college. A speaker will talk with you about succeeding in college from an indigenous perspective. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a talent show which will allow you and your peers to present on your cultural background or activities you are actively engaged in.

Day 5: Launching into Fort Lewis College

The last day will focus on launching you into FLC Orientation and beginning your college experience. You will receive an introduction to the Native American Center and the services and opportunities that are provided to Native American students. After the morning session, you will transition into our New Student Orientation program.

All freshman students are required to live on campus. Your participation in this program provides you with the benefit of early check in to your Fall housing. Please bring all of the items that you need to move into your room.

NOTE:  If you have a waiver from freshman on campus housing, you will still be required to stay on campus during the pre-orientation program dates. Thus, you will need to bring:

  • Bedding
  • Toiletries
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Clothing for four days, evening activities may require warm clothing
  • Sensible footwear that you will be comfortable in.