Diné College Advisement
Embracing Si’ah Naghai Bik’eh Hozho (SNBH), the Academic Advising department provides a student-centered environment to promote academic success, personal growth, and career development.
Si’ah Naghai Bik’eh Hozho bil alhii’ silaago nihe’olta’i be’olta’ doo be’ohoo’aah bil hwiit’aal yinahji’ binaanish yee iina iidooliil.
Academic Advisors at Diné College will adhere to key principles of SNBH (Nitsáhákees, Nahat’á, Iiná and Siih hasin) and the Core Competencies of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Academic advising is a partnership between the student and the academic advisor. The purpose of advising is to help students develop meaningful educational goals consistent to values that fit their personal and cultural interests, and their abilities toward a career goal.
Dine’ College’s advising model is based on the Diné educational paradigm, Si’ah Naagha’i Bike’eh Hozhoon to develop student’s educational and career pathways.
All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to meet with their academic advisor before registering for classes. Returning and continuing students can meet with either an academic advisor (if the student has less than 32 credit hours) or program coordinator and/or a faculty advisor (if the student has more than 32 credit hours). To schedule an appointment with your advisor, please call 928-724-6855 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Advising
Academic Advising is a collaborative relationship between the student and the advisor (academic or faculty). Using the Diné Educational philosophy, advisors and/or program coordinators at Diné College will assist students in developing their educational and career pathways. Advisors will assist students in understanding and completing their chosen program of study. Advisors promote critical thinking, resource development, and cultivate a plan of action to achieve student’s educational and career goals.
Diné College advisors fulfills its mission by using the Sa’ah Naaghái Bik’eh Hozhoo (SNBH) principle as a framework to guide their students, based on Nitsáhákees (Thinking), Nahat’á (Planning), Iiná (Living) and Siihasin (Assuring).
Advisors Role and Responsibilites
- Provide accurate and consistent information
- Clarify program requirements and procedures
- Assist students in identifying appropriate institutional resources
- Facilitate relationships between the student and other individuals on campus who may provide assistance
- Uphold the academic standards of the institution
- Conduct new student orientation and provide educational programming
- Promote Student Code of Conduct, campus policies, and procedures
Advisors will periodically contact their advisees to review progress towards educational goals and provide assistance in all aspects of the college experience.
Advising sessions are to be kept confidential per FERPA Law (see link below). It is not necessary to make an appointment to see an advisor, but it is encouraged, especially during peak hours (early registration, meeting deadlines, etc.)
Disability Support Services
Students with Disabilities
The college provides reasonable accommodations with reference to academic support services to students with disabilities. A student with a disability who wants to seek accommodations for classes, should contact the Disability Coordinator at the Tsaile Campus (includes Chinle, Tuba City, and Window Rock) or Shiprock Branch (includes Shiprock and Crownpoint).
Students in postsecondary education are responsible for self-identifying; provide disability documentation, and request accommodations.
The college is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
Examples of reasonable accommodations:
- Ensure existing facilities are readily accessible
- Adaptive equipment & materials
- Note taking, recording lectures
- Extended times for homework, quizzes, exams, and special projects
- Out-of-classroom testing
Eligibility for accommodations:
A student requesting reasonable accommodations must provide documentation of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits the student’s ability to perform one or more major life activities. (The Americans with Disabilities Act definition; ADA, Title 42, Chapter 126, Section 12102). Documentation must be within the last three years. The student must update their file each semester, when requesting services.
Conditions that may substantiate limitation:
- Learning disabilities
- Hearing/Vision impairments
- Mobility/physical challenges
- Other health impairment
- Psychological impairments
- Traumatic brain injury
Disability services and FERPA:
Disability related information and documentation are treated the same as medical information and handled under strict rules of confidentiality. FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), also known as the Buckley Amendment, provides faculty with free access to educational information in institutional files regarding students with whom they are teaching, advising or other capacity. Disability related records are excluded from free access under FERPA. Also excluded from free access under FERPA are inquiries external to the institution related to a student’s disability or academic progress.
Lavine Blackmountain, M.Ed.
Rosalind A. Russell, M.Ed.
The Veterans Services program is an integral component of Student Services at Diné College. Certifying Officials are available at most sites to assist Veteran students. Veterans benefit programs are available such as the Veteran’s Education & Training Benefits.
Diné College curricula and courses are approved by Arizona and New Mexico State approving agency for training of veterans and eligible dependents. Eligible students who are eligible to receive VA education benefits must comply with all VA regulations governing the GI Bill®.
Eligible Veterans should apply early
Please note that all Veterans Administration (VA) paperwork is processed at the main campus (Tsaile) before documents are submitted to the Regional Processing Office (RPO) in Muskogee, Oklahoma for final review and approval.
Types of Forms
Several types of forms for education benefits are are available online at www.gibill.va.gov. All other forms can be obtained at the same website.
- VA Form VA 22-1990. If you have never used your VA benefits prior to applying, you must complete an application for VA benefits.
- VA form 22-1995. Veterans that have used their VA benefits prior to attending Dine’ College. This application informs the RPO you are requesting a change (place of training or change of program).
- VA Form DD-2384-1 (Notice of Basic Eligibility or NOBE). Verify Selected Reserve to Montgomery GI Bill® must be signed and approved.
Rate of Pay: Rate of Pay schedules are available online at www.gibill.va.gov. Students can also check with the school representative at their respective campus.
Spouse and Dependents: If a deceased veteran was 100% disabled at the time of their death, a deceased veteran’s spouse and/or dependent may be eligible for VA benefits.
Previous College and/or Training Credits: If you previously attended other college(s) or training, you must obtain and submit copies of all other transcripts to the Dine’ College’s Registrar Office. VA regulations require that all transcripts be evaluated by the school Registrar Office. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all transcripts have been received and evaluated.
Student Status: As a Veteran student, you must keep the school’s certifying official informed of any changes that may affect your VA benefits (i.e., add, drop or withdraw a course). This constitutes a change in your enrollment, the VA Processing Office is notified, and adjustments are made to the student’s monthly rate of benefits.
Note: In accordance with the college policy, students must maintain Attendance and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Ed Curtis, MSW.
Shirley T. Yellowhair, MSW
Office: 928-283-5113 ext: 7503
Rosalind A. Russell, M.Ed.
Navajo Language & Culture Resource Program
The Navajo Language & Culture Resource Program uses the Diné educational paradigm, Sa’ah Naagha’i Bike’eh Hozhoon or SNBH to promote Diné language & identity to students. The program encourages the use and application of language, history and culture campus wide. NLCRP incorporates Diné teachings in student programs and builds cultural relevance into academic and student support services.
The Navajo Language & Culture Resource Program is here to advance the Institution’s Diné identity, by inspiring students to carry on the Diné language & culture and keep it strong for generations to come.
What is Navajo Language & Culture Resource Program
The program goals are to introduce Diné language and culture to all Diné College students through workshops and other collaborations. The program incorporates Diné teachings and key principles of SNBH Nitsáhákees (Thinking), Nahat’á (Planning), Iiná (Living) and Siihasin (Assuring) to campus wide programs, to integrate traditional knowledge and teachings, with western philosophies. NLCRP supports and promotes a sense of Hozho to our Diné College students.
Peer Mentor Program
Our mission is to encourage commitment and strengthen the college experience of our Dine College students. Our mentoring services will connect students with an academically successful mentor.
Peer Mentor Program prepares students to conquer the challenges mentees face while transitioning into college by improving the skills necessary for success in their academic careers.
Peer Mentor Program
A peer mentor provides support, encouragement, and information to incoming freshmen and transfer students, as they transition into college life. Peer Mentors are students helping students as a resource of support.
The mentoring program pairs a mentee with a mentor in order to help students transition from first year to second year. The program also assists referred students by seeking resources to become successful in the classroom and build the skills necessary to handle challenges in their academic career.
- Mentors have valuable knowledge acquired through their academic experiences, and understand how important support is for incoming students.
- Mentors are role models who are available to guide incoming students to build the skillset to become successful.
- Mentors serve as a friendly, added support system for students.
- Mentors are positive role models, by promoting an inviting and safe learning experience, while encouraging mentees to build self-esteem and self-confidence.
Mentor – Mentee Relationship
- Mentees are assigned to a mentor within the same field of study or based on other preferences.
- One-on-one meetings are scheduled between the mentors and mentees to discuss their progress.
- Mentor and mentees work together to plan study sessions, recommend resources to improve academic skills, plan and implement short-term, and long-term academic goals.
Trisha K. Roy, Peer Mentor Coordinator