Youth Empowerment Conference

Native American Youth Empowerment Conference

The Native American Youth Empowerment Conference is held on campus each spring, bringing
approximately 200 Native middle school and high school students to campus for a full day of workshops, speakers, and a campus tour. The purpose of the conference is to promote higher education to Native youth, and give them the tools they need to start the process of preparing for, applying to, and attending an institution of higher learning. The conference is supported by students in the Native American Student Alliance and the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program, as well as by volunteers from the local community, and it receives funding support from the university and donations from local tribes.

Usually held in the Spring semester.

For more information, contact Professor Margaret Field at

SDSU Pow Wow
SDSU Pow Wow

This annual event is sponsored by the SDSU Native American Student Alliance, in conjunction with the American Indian Studies department, in order to bring a glimpse of the American Indian traditions of today to both SDSU and the San Diego community.

Usually held in the Spring semester.

For more information, visit the Native American Student Alliance Facebook page, or call 619-594-6991.
Native American Heritage Month

November marks National Native American Indian Heritage Month, which provides a platform for Native people to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. A series of events are scheduled at SDSU each November to help students and visitors explore, honor and celebrate Native culture.

Events are scheduled throughout the month of November.

For more information, visit our News and Events page, or call 619-594-6991.

Graduation Ceremony
American Indian Graduation Ceremony and Alumni Appreciation Event

Each May, the Department of American Indian Studies, in conjunction with the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, hosts a special graduation ceremony for Native American students, American Indian majors and minors, Tribal Gaming students from the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, and Native American Scholars and Collaborators graduates. At the ceremony, each graduate receives individual recognition and has the opportunity to express appreciation to family, friends and others.

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This event is usually held in early May.

For more information, call 619-594-6991.