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Luhui Whitebear, the assistant director of Oregon State University's Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, stands amid a group of trees on campus.

Paying it forward to benefit Native American students

Luhui Whitebear has been closely connected to Oregon State University’s Native American Longhouse Eena Haws in different ways during her academic career. While pursuing an anthropology bachelor’s degree online with Oregon State Ecampus, she would drop in whenever she came to campus to pick up books. Now, as assistant director of the Eena Haws, she is paying forward the guidance, nurturing and sense of belonging she received as a student.

Portrait of Marleigh Perez, director of student success for Oregon State University Ecampus

Building a sense of community among online Native American students

The college experience is difficult for many first-generation students to navigate. When you add distance learning to the equation, it can be so overwhelming that underrepresented students often drop out or are too apprehensive to even start. At Oregon State University Ecampus, Marleigh Perez is dedicated to changing that experience for students who learn online. She supports and advocates for Native American students who learn online with OSU.

Eddie Rodriguez, student success coach for Oregon State University Ecampus

Life experience helps success coach support Native American students

College students face a variety of challenges, from finding the right academic support to time management. As a first-generation college student and graduate, Eddie Rodriguez faced these challenges and others firsthand. Now, the sense of empathy and pride he feels as a success coach at Oregon State University Ecampus – including for students from Native American communities – inspires him to serve in this role every day.

Joe Peters, Oregon State Ecampus Master of Natural Resources graduate

A Native American tribal voice in a global online classroom

After earning a graduate certificate online with OSU Ecampus, Joe Peters enrolled in OSU’s Master of Natural Resources degree program. The Class of 2019 graduate says the online program became an opportunity for him to advance his career and offer a local Native American perspective to a virtual classroom of students worldwide.

Reclaiming tribal histories, one page at a time

A Grand Ronde tribal member, Native American anthropologist and educator, David Lewis is committed to shining a light on our nation’s forgotten and suppressed tribal histories, and sharing what he learns with the next generation of thinkers brings that work full circle.

Orman hugs a Native elder whom he met at the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.

Environmental sciences online alum finds support, family with on-campus Native community

Orman Morton III felt at home at OSU’s Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, building on the virtual connections he had made with the university’s indigenous community as an online student.

Maria Carpenter sits outside and uses a silver laptop.

With a dream at close range, no obstacle is too great

No obstacle could stand in the way as Maria Carpenter pursued her agricultural sciences degree – not her additional responsibilities as a parent and employee, nor a breast cancer diagnosis that came shortly after beginning her degree program.

Blazing a trail

Throughout her multiple experiences as an online learner with Oregon State, Luhui Whitebear has immersed herself in OSU’s extensive support system for Native American students. It helped guide her to success as an undergraduate, and now she provides guidance to a new generation of students as assistant director of OSU’s Native American Longhouse Eena Haws.