American Indian Studies (AIS) Program

The American Indian Studies (AIS) Program offers a creative and intellectual environment in which to pursue an undergraduate interdisciplinary minor. The Native American House views AIS as a critical, collaborative academic partner on campus. In an informed and knowledgeable manner, students learn to examine the histories, experiences, and contributions of American Indian nations in the United States and Indigenous communities in the Americas.

Learn more about AIS.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is committed to providing leadership in areas of diversity that include but are not limited to LGBTQ populations, international student populations, first generation college students, and cultural/ethnic minority student populations. The Native American Student Outreach team includes the following staff members from the Counseling Center:

Learn more about the Counseling Center.

Native American Outreach Team

The fall semester drop-in hours for the Native American Student Outreach team are Tuesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm.

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Mark Layng, LCPC


I believe students have the potential for great lives, and I am honored to walk alongside them through part of their journey to give encouragement, support, and new perspectives.


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Bryan Deutsch, LCSW


I focus on the strengths that all students have and assist with noting how students are already helping themselves and build upon that.


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Alex Quintanilla, LCSW


My hope is to provide a safe space where people can reflect on how their life is going and to think about the constructive changes they want to see happen in their lives, while providing skills that they need.


Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA)

Flyer of April Garrison, OMSA Student Success Advisor. Her hours of embedded support at the Native American House are listed.

The Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) provides high-quality mentoring and academic support services to underrepresented students. The OMSA coordinates more than a dozen programs and services to improve the academic outcomes for students admitted via the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), the President’s Awards Program (PAP), and students from historically underrepresented, first-generation, and economically disadvantaged communities.

Learn more about OMSA.

Student Success Advisor at NAH

The OMSA and NAH have developed a model where an OMSA Student Success Advisor offers drop-in hours at NAH once a week. The OMSA staff member who will facilitate the drop-in hours is April Garrison.

Fall Semester Drop-In Hours

  • Days: Wednesday afternoons
  • Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Location: Native American House

Even when a student is excelling academically, April is here to help students reach beyond their coursework to experience all the university has to offer.

Contact April Garrison at for questions.

McKinley Health Center - Special Populations Program

The Special Populations Program was adopted in 1991 at McKinley Health Center and works closely with the Native American House to provide medical items, resources, and support to the students. One of the main goals of this program is to address the specific health problems experienced by marginalized groups, thus narrowing the gap between the total population and those population groups that now experience above average incidences of death, disease, and disability. A chief avenue for the pursuit of this goal is making efforts that will enhance and promote human potentials, while discouraging factors that inhibit those potentials.

Learn more about the Special Populations Program.

Wesley Food Pantry

Wesley Food Pantry's mission is to alleviate food insecurity in the Champaign-Urbana community one family at a time by providing them with one week's worth of nutritious groceries.  The Wesley Food Pantry is unique in a number of important ways, especially through its partnership with the Native American House and other cultural and resource centers on campus.

Learn more about the Wesley Food Pantry.

National and International Scholarships Program

The National and International Scholarships Program strives to create a campus community that is aware of prestigious scholarship opportunities and cultivates potential scholars from the time they apply to Illinois to the time they receive an award. They work closely with the Native American House regarding Native/Indigenous-specific scholarships. In doing so, NIS challenges undergraduates to maximize their departmental and community engagement through research and service to make the most of their time at Illinois. Then, NIS works with students and young alumni to best present their qualifications through their application materials.

Learn more about the National and International Scholarships Program.

Career Center

The Career Center coaches and supports Illinois students, while connecting them to opportunities, as they make career decisions and learn lifelong career management skills.

Learn more about the Career Center.

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The Career Center Drop-In Sessions at NAH

Fall semester drop-advising from The Career Center will take place on November 9 and November 30 from 10:00- 11:30 am.

On these selected days, career coaches from The Career Center will hold "office hours" at the Native American House and offer drop-in career advising. During Career Drop-in Advising, students meet with a Career Coach to discuss quick career-related questions related to searching for jobs, editing a resume, cover letter or LinkedIn profile, picking a career path, interviewing tips, considering job offers, negotiating salary, and almost anything else career-related! You do not need to bring anything specific to this meeting. If you desire a review of a document, such as a resume or cover letter, please bring a paper copy or share it electronically during the meeting.

For additional questions, please reach out to Dr. Pankaj Desai, Senior Assistant Director for Inclusion Initiatives at