History and Purpose


The Native American Symposium is a summer educational and transitional experience sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Office of Native American Student Affairs. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies and Native American heritage and contributions as a basis for helping ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State.

Symposium is a retention and advancement effort of the university and is specifically designed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To maximize the academic success of students.
  2. To encourage multiculturalism.
  3. To facilitate the enhancement of strong cultural identity and positive self-esteem.
  4. To coordinate activities which enable them to get to know each other.
  5. To educate students and parents/relatives about the availability and appropriate use of various campus resources and support services.
  6. To provide opportunities for interaction with upper-class students,  faculty, and staff.
  7. To provide information about our rich Native American heritage and the valuable contributions we’ve contributed.

The content of Symposium is determined by the Multicultural Student Affairs’ staff. Additionally, the logistics and implementation of Symposium are facilitated by the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and Assistant Director for Native American Student Affairs. Several students also work in the Symposium as paid counselors during the summer.