Welcome to Diné College Advisement

Mission Statement

Embracing Sa’ah Nagháí Bik’eh Hózhó (SNBH), the Academic Advising department provides a student-centered environment to promote academic success, personal growth, and career development.

Sa’ah Nagháí Bik’eh Hózhó bił ałhii’ siláago nihe’ółta’i bi’ólta’ dóó bi’óhoo’aah bił hwiit’ááł yinahji’ binaanish yee iiná íidoolííł.

Advising Philosophy

Academic Advisors at Diné College will adhere to key principles of SNBH (Nitsáhákees, Nahat’á, Iiná and Sihasin) 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.

Advising Model

Dine’ College’s advising model is based on the Diné educational paradigm, Sa’ah Nagháí Bik’eh Hozhóón to develop student’s educational and career pathways.


Yá’át’ééh, Welcome to Dine’ College! Complete this checklist to prepare for classes:

  1. Student Orientation Video will be uploaded here soon!
    • Message from Dine’ College President: TBA
    • Student Orientation Video: View Video
    • After viewing the video complete a survey to show your participation and acknowledgement as a Dine’ College Student: Survey Form
    • View Student Services, Learning Center, Library Resources and ENG 101 Virtual Hub using Blackboard: Use Chrome web browser to log into Blackboard. If you have issues logging into your account, submit an IT-Help ticket or contact IT staff at (928) 724-6675.
  2. Register with ConexED account using the Chrome web browser. This student account is allowing you access to schedule advising/registration appointments with Student Services
  3. New students (first time in college) and high school concurrent students may contact FYE Advisors and on ConexED for advisement.
  4. Log into MYDCPORTAL by visiting Admissions will email your Dine’ College username and password to the personal email listed on your admissions application. Keep in mind sometimes the Microsoft 365 emails will be sent to SPAM inbox. If you have issues logging into your account, submit an IT-Help ticket or contact IT staff at (928) 724-6675.
  5. Read the following to familiarize yourself with online college expectations:
  6. Financial Aid Staff are on ConexED:
  7. Course Material: If you have questions on your course material (such as textbooks or software for math), please email your instructor for further information. You may find your instructor’s email on your Microsoft 365 address book.
  8. Please schedule an appointment with a staff to get your student ID card
    • COVID-19 Guidelines:
      • COVID-19 Vaccination will be required for students
      • 1st day of in-person class, students must present and have vaccination cards verified by Health Screeners (To contact a health screener: or 928-724-6911)
      • Mask is required and sanitize work stations
    • Diné College Centers & Point of Contact for Student ID Cards:
    • Things needed to receive a student ID card:
      • Spring Course Schedule: check your Dine’ College email, Registrar’s emailed your course schedule the day you completed registration. You may also visit, log into MYDCPORTAL, select MYDINECOLLEGE and select Course Schedule in “Student Information and Tools”
      • Covid-19 Vaccination Card: Both Covid-19 Vaccination shots are required to attend in-person classes
      • If you do not get a student ID card made before your in-person class, be sure to have your course schedule an Covid-19 Vaccination Card available when being cleared with a campus Health Screener and to attend your class.
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  10. Tsaile Campus Parking Permit:
    • Contact Campus Security at or (928) 724-6911 to request information on the parking permit application.
    • Below are a list of emergency numbers to call in case of an emergency at Tsaile Center:
      • Campus Security Dispatcher (928) 724-6802
      • Campus Emergency (928) 724-6911
      • Campus Security Cellphone (928) 349-3950
      • Chinle Police Department (928) 674-2111/2112
  11. If you are interested in campus housing, visit the Dine’ College website for information.
  12. Career Exploration and Goal Setting Websites:
  13. Questions about Shiprock Dine’ College Library or other Dine’ College Centers email:

Last but not least, congratulations on making it this far on your road of endeavor. As, a participant in the First Year Experience (FYE) Program, you will have an opportunity to meet people within the Din4 College Community to improve communication skills and work experience. The FYE Program is a resource available for the first-time freshman and high school concurrent students.

FYE team building opportunities provide students a chance to apply their thoughts, ideas and voice into a plan of action to develop leadership qualities and self-confidence in college. We invite students to participate in advising discussions that implement our Dine’ learning philosophy of Sa’ah Naaghai Bik’eh Hozhoon, to prepare for community leadership, interviews and scholarship opportunities. Our team is here if you should have any questions contact us at

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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

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 Nagháí Bik’eh Hózhó (SNBH) principle as a framework to guide their students, based on Nitsáhákees (Thinking), Nahat’á (Planning), Iiná (Living) and Sihasin (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.)

Student Right to Know Act

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 Student Support Specialist at the Tsaile Campus (includes Chinle, Tuba City, and Window Rock) or Shiprock Campus (includes Aneth, Newcomb and Crownpoint).

Students at the postsecondary level are responsible for self-identifying; provide psychological Evaluation report or medical documentation to complete intake.

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 provides faculty and support staff 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.
Office: 928-724-6856

Rosalind A. Russell, M.Ed.
Office: 505-368-3627


Veteran Services

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 All other forms can be obtained at the same website.

  1. VA Form VA 22-1990. If you have never used your VA benefits prior to applying, you must complete an application for VA benefits.
  2. 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).
  3. 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 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
Office: 928-724-6727

Shirley T. Yellowhair, MSW
Office: 928-283-5113 ext: 7503

Rosalind A. Russell, M.Ed.
Office: 505-368-3627

Navajo Language & Culture Resource Program (NLCRP)

Mission Statement

The Navajo Language & Culture Resource Program (NLCRP) uses the Diné educational paradigm, Sa’ah Nagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón 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.

Vision Statement

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 Sihasin (Assuring) to campus wide programs, to integrate traditional knowledge and teachings, with western philosophies. NLCRP supports and promotes a sense of Hózhó to our Diné College students.


Johnnie Bia Jr.
Navajo Language and Culture Specialist
Email: or
Office: 928-724-6865

Peer Mentor Program

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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.

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Brandon Harvey, M.Ed.
Peer Mentor Coodinator
Office Number: (928)724-6857

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