Native Resource Center

Welcome to the Native Resource Center (NRC)!

Howka (Kumeyaay greeting),

Founded in 1897 on Kumeyaay land, San Diego State University is gaining more recognition as a leader in higher education. At SDSU, we are committed to creating educational opportunities that contribute to intellectual development and equip you to succeed in a global society. We are proud to be one of the most diverse campuses in the country. 

Through the Native Resource Center we can connect you to building community through student organizations like the Native American Student Alliance, Indigenous Social Work Association, campus initiatives through the Elymash Yuuchaap: Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program and so much more!


The Native Resource Center is here to support you! We have an extensive network across campus to provide every student the unique support that they may need. We provide transformational experiences that include:

  • Academic support and research opportunities
  • Engaged faculty and administrative mentors
  • Internships and career assistance
  • Seminars, workshops, field trips and study abroad experiences
  • Culturally responsive leadership development
  • Peer to peer mentoring
  • Traditional tribal gatherings
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Community graduation ceremony

Welcome home!

Chris Medellin
NRC Director

We stand upon a land that carries the footsteps of millennia of Kumeyaay people. They are a people whose traditional lifeways intertwine with a worldview of earth and sky in a community of living beings. This land is part of a relationship that has nourished, healed, protected and embraced the Kumeyaay people to the present day.  It is part of a world view founded in the harmony of the cycles of the sky and balance in the forces of life. For the Kumeyaay, red and black represent the balance of those forces that provide for harmony within our bodies as well as the world around us. 


As students, faculty, staff and alumni of San Diego State University we acknowledge this legacy from the Kumeyaay. We promote this balance in life as we pursue our goals of knowledge and understanding. We find inspiration in the Kumeyaay spirit to open our minds and hearts. It is the legacy of the red and black. It is the land of the Kumeyaay.


Eyay e’Hunn My heart is good.

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