NDGNS students at a career and mentorship event

Indigenous Affinity Community

How to Join

  1. Sign your University Residence Halls contract and submit your advance payment in My UW Housing
  2. Select the Indigenous (NDGNS) Affinity Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize affinity/learning communities over residence halls when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  4. Receive your room assignment

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AUNTIES & Location

Advocates for Uplifting Native Traditions & Indigenous Engagement (AUNTIES) at a Native Nations UW Bingo Night

Where Indigenous Voices & Experiences Are Centered

The NDGNS Affinity Community is one of many ways to connect to campus Advocates for Uplifting Native Traditions & Indigenous Engagement (AUNTIES), who are available to support residents to ensure they’re successful in college and beyond. AUNTIES are Indigenous staff at UW-Madison representing a variety of departments as part of the Native Nations UW Indigenous Student Wellbeing Subcommittee.

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Aerial photo of Merit Residence Hall

Where Indigenous Students & Allies Build Community Together

Centrally located in the southeast neighborhood of campus on ancestral Ho-Chunk land near State Street, the Wisconsin State Capitol, and Bascom Hill, the NDGNS Affinity Community is located on one floor of Merit Residence Hall and offers a variety of room types, including single, double, and triple rooms. Just across the street from Merit is the Indigenous Student Center, a welcoming and quiet space to relax, study, craft, grab a snack, or take a break in the wellness room.

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Kevin Goffard

Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Laura Hiebing

Position title: Indigenous Student Services Coordinator

Viki Lee

Position title: Residence Life Program Manager

Scott Seyforth

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Residence Life Assistant Director