Announcements - 2014


This page will be updated periodically for students to receive information from the American Indian Institute regarding anything from college news, club information, or anything else we feel is relevant to students.  Please check back often.

2014 Native Welcome

Come attend our Native Welcome event on Sept. 24, 2014.
Location:  Paul A. Elsner Library Room LB 145
Time:  1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Lunch catered by Cheba Hut
Guest speaker:  Bobby Wilson from sketch comedy group 1491s
There will also be prizes for students to win as well. Contact Talia White in the American Indian Institute for more information:  480-461-7019 or
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2nd Annual Winter Jacket Drive

The American Indian Institute and Intertribal Student Organization at MCC are seeking gently used winter items (coats, gloves, hats, scarves, etc.) that will be distributed to residents of the Navajo Reservation as temperatures turn colder this fall.  Donations can be brought to the American Indian Institute, located in bldg. AD42 Room 25 and given to either Loretta Damon or Sam Stevens.  Your donation is certainly appreciated and we look forward to having another successful jacket drive and helping those in need.  

Feel free to share this opportunity with others and help us keep our less fortunate brothers and sisters safe, warm, and alive as the weather changes.  Please donate your items by Friday, October 3, 2014 as they will be picked up that day.  
You can read about last year's winter jacket drives at the links below:
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Dr. Lee Bitsoi - Harvard University

Lee Bitsóí (Diné), EdD, is a critical ethnographer and bioethicist. He currently serves as a Research Associate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.  He will be speaking on Friday Sept. 19, 2014 at 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the library LB-300 (Southwest Reading Room).  

Your attendance will be very much welcomed and a lunch will be provided.  

Spring 2015 Registration

Although school just started a few weeks ago it's not too early to start getting ready for the Spring 2015 semester.  

Pre-registration for Spring classes begins September 29th for continuing students.  If you need advisement make an appointment soon by coming by our office or calling:  480-461-7931.  

Those students that need Biology courses such as BIO 181, 182, 201, and 202, remember those BIO classes fill early. 

Regular registration for all students begin October 6th.  

Miss Native MCC - Nov. 1st, 2014

Applications for ISO's first Miss Native MCC pageant are currently available at the American Indian Institute.  Come in and ask the front desk for that information.  
Applicant criteria:
1. Currently enrolled as a full-time student at Mesa Community College.
2. Female students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 college credits at time of application.  
3. Must be American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native or provide proof of tribal affiliation.  
4.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.   
We are located in building AD42 Room 25 and can be reached at:  480-461-7931
Completed applications need to be turned in no later than 5:00 pm on Sept. 22, 2014.  Anyone interested in helping out with the pageant or requesting more information can contact our newest program advisor, Talia White:  


If you are planning on or anticipating graduation from an associate's or certificate degree program please be aware that there is a deadline to apply for graduation.  Applications are due by a certain deadline in the Spring semester so don't procrastinate and schedule an appointment with Sam or Loretta as soon as possible to get started. Congratulations future graduates!  CLICK HERE for a link to the steps necessary for graduation.  

CLICK HERE for a link to the packet you will need to complete and submit along with a signed and verified check sheet of the program that you're completing which must be filled out by your advisor.  Contact the American Indian Institute in bldg. AD 42 Room 25 if you need assistance:  480-461-7931

Math Tutoring

Through the American Indian Center a math tutor is provided to all students taking courses ranging from MAT082 (Basic Arithmetic) to MAT220 (Calculus 1).  Vicky Stewart is our talented and caring tutor who serves our students Monday-Friday from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.  CLICK HERE for more information.

American Indian Student Convocation

Every spring the American Indian Student Convocation is held at one of the Maricopa community colleges.   The last one took place at Paradise Valley Community College.  All  students who have completed or will complete degree/certificate programs in the Summer, Fall, or Spring terms are encouraged to attend.  Continue to look here for updated information regarding this event.

Study Abroad

Any student interested in participating in Study Abroad should contact their office and complete an application.  For information regarding deadlines, applications, fees, locations, funding, etc., please CLICK HERE to learn more on their website.

Late Start Classes

Did you miss the first week of classes? Don't worry, there are several late-starting classes offered during the semester in 8, 10, or 14 week class options.  Look at the course schedule to see if any late-start classes work for you!