Strategic Native American Retention Initiative

The Strategic Native American Retention Initiative (NARI) is a multifaceted academic success program at UC Davis focused on increasing the retention, persistence and graduation rates of Native American students, in a culturally appropriate way. The goal is building connection and strengthening community, and programming is focused on academic success and resiliency. NARI will:

  • Create a space to explore identity and to create a sense of belonging for our Native American students: Native American Academic Student Success Center is open at the University House on campus.
  • Create cultural legitimacy.
  • Promote academic resiliency for our students.
  • Foster students' transition to higher education and beyond.

Mission Statement:

NARI is a collaborative effort, which is a multifaceted academic success program focused on increasing the retention, persistence, and graduation rates of Native American students, in a culturally appropriate way. NARI’s theme is Building connection and strengthening community” and programming is focused on academic success and resilience through building a strong connection to students.  NARI will do this through a holistic approach of student success. Following this approach will create a community that not only survives but thrives at UC Davis.

Vision:

The goal is to accurately account for all under-represented student populations (i.e. #s per college, per discipline, by gender, etc.), quarterly and yearly; and in doing so, also maintain a “pulse” of these communities with specific reference to enrollment (via collaboration with undergraduate admissions) attrition, retention and graduation (via collaboration with undergraduate education). This practice, alongside up-to-date research on strategies and best practices for retaining under-represented students, places the directors of these retention initiatives, Student Affairs, and UC Davis as a whole in a position to make 1) data-driven, 2) research-based decisions on behalf of the student communities that we serve.

For more information, please contact nari@ucdavis.edu or mavillegas@ucdavis.edu.