The Mno’Chigewin: Native Student Success Program is a network for students who self-identify as Native American. With the assistance of faculty and staff, students are exposed to a variety of academic, professional, social, and cultural activities. The program begins with a three-day interactive Maajtaadaa! orientation. Once the academic year begins, students are transitioned into the Mno'Chigewin program which operates under four primary pillars:

  • Mentorship
  • Academic Support
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Service/Civic Engagement

The program is specifically designed to introduce students to resources that will support their academic, cultural, and emotional well-being. Mno'Chigewin promotes and facilitates meaningful interactions with the goal of improving academic success, retention, and graduation.

*Mno'Chigewin is open to all GVSU students.

Winter 24 Meeting Schedule

flyer showing the dates and times of our monthly meetings

Register For Mno'Chigewin

Are you a currently enrolled GVSU student who identifies as Native American? You can join Mno'Chigewin at any point during your time at GVSU. Transfer students, upper classmen and graduate students are invited to join as well. Once you are registered you are a part of our program until graduation. Students who have registered for Maajtaadaa! Orientation do not have to register, as they are automatically added.

Contact Information

Belinda Bardwell

A photo of Lin Bardwell the assistant director for The Mno’Chigewin: Native Student Success Program

Lin Bardwell (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Native American Student Initiative 
Division of Student Affairs

Grand Valley State University
[email protected]
(616) 331-2177

Page last modified January 12, 2024