'We Don't Want to Lose This Generation'—The Push to Get Native American Students to SoCal Colleges
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, LAist
Walk the campus of California State University, San Bernardino and you'll see the name of a 19th century Native American leader who fought off genocide against his tribe. Tribal donations helped build the Santos Manuel Student Union.
It's harder, however, to find Native American students on the 20,000-student campus. Only about 45 are enrolled this year.
The school's first tribal liaison, Vincent Whipple, was hired last January to turn those numbers around. Whipple is one of a handful of tribal liaisons on Cal State campuses charged with making Native American students feel welcome in settings where they have few peers. Lack of support is among the factors cited for the low college attendance and graduation rates for native students in the state.