The American Indian Center was awarded funding from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund to create the University Network of Native Leaders (UNNL) – a new leadership development offering for American Indian undergraduate students in the University of North Carolina system.
- Deliver culturally-tailored training to Native student organization leaders to improve their leadership capacity;
- Improve student organizational dynamics, enhanced program planning, and increased fundraising activity;
- Support awareness and engagement efforts of Native student organization leaders;
- Create a network of young Native leaders across the state to share resources, learn from each other, and support one another; and
- Develop a network of faculty and staff advisors across respective campuses to support Native students and their organizations in higher education.
The first gathering of UNNL was held on October 27-28, 2017. The universities that attended that event included East Carolina University, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Pembroke, and Western Carolina University. At the gathering, students and advisors engaged in team-building exercises to learn about each other and the campus organizations with which they are involved. Participants underwent trainings that focused on indigenous leadership, Native student success, and effective communication. They were also exposed to various organizational tools to assist them with event planning. Photos shown below.