NDGNS students at a career and mentorship event

Indigenous Theme 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) Theme Community as your top choice when you submit your hall preferences in My UW Housing
  3. Prioritize theme/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 Community is one of many ways to connect to campus AUNTIES (Advocates for Uplifting Native Traditions & Indigenous Engagement), who are available to support residents to ensure they’re successful in college and beyond. The Native Nations AUNTIES are joined by UNCLES (Upholders of Native Communities, Leadership, & Education) and COUSINS (Cultural Organizers United and Strengthening Indigenous Networks) as campus and community partners in supporting the NDGNS community. AUNTIES, UNCLES, and COUSINS are 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

Building 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 Community is located on one wing of Smith Residence Hall and offers a variety single and double room types. A few blocks away from Smith 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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Staff

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