Mentoring & Encouraging Student Academic Success

The Mentoring & Encouraging Student Academic Success (MESAS) program was initially created to increase the academic success of students from USU Blanding transferring to USU Logan. The initial goal of the program was to increase the number of Native American students who complete four year degrees in STEM to build an inclusive campus at Utah State University. As the program has grown, our goals have also grown. Program goals now include providing academic assistance and culture-based education to support all Native American students at Utah State University.

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As a land-grant institution, Utah State University campuses and centers reside and operate on the territories of the eight tribes of Utah, who have been living, working, and residing on this land from time immemorial. These tribes are the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indians, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Northwestern Band of Shoshone, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, and White Mesa Band of the Ute Mountain Ute. We acknowledge these lands carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survival and identity. We recognize Elders past and present as peoples who have cared for, and continue to care for, the land. In offering this land acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous self-governance history, experiences, and resiliency of the Native people who are still here today.

USU Land Acknowledgment


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