Serving Tribal Communities


You can earn your Oregon State University degree online while honoring family and work commitments within your own community. But you are not alone. We will support you every step of the way.

Our dedicated professionals will work with you one-on-one to identify the degree program that fits your goals, identify support resources, improve your academic skills and address obstacles to your academic success.

Meet Marleigh Perez, your personal support contact

Marleigh Perez is the OSU Ecampus director of student success, and she will serve as the primary point of contact for Native communities. She will partner with you during your time as an Oregon State student to help you navigate the admissions process, secure financial aid and find solutions to any other challenges you face.

Marleigh’s mission is to make sure you receive ongoing support and have access to the resources that will make your online learning experience engaging and rewarding. There is no question too big or too small. If she doesn’t have the answer, she’ll help you find out.

Marleigh Perez

As the primary point person for Native American online students, Marleigh Perez provides guidance for prospective and current students from more than 30 states nationwide. Read more »

Marleigh spent eight years developing grant programs to increase the enrollment and graduation of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, including work with Native students from all over the U.S. Her vast experience in building relationships with students from all communities will help increase your opportunities to participate and succeed at OSU.

If you are a Native American student who has questions, please contact her at

Your designated success coach

Eddie Rodriguez

Eddie Rodriguez is the designated success coach for enrolled students from Native communities. He’ll work with you to explore goal-setting, work-life balance, time management and motivation while connecting you to other vital student resources.

Eddie is a first-generation college graduate and knows some of the complexities and obstacles you may be facing. He is bilingual in Spanish and English and has advised nontraditional students, transfers, undocumented students and veterans seeking to begin college at different stages in their lives.

Additional student resources

As an Oregon State Ecampus student, you’ll have access to a host of valuable resources and services – free tutoring, library access, career services and more – so you can thrive while you work your way toward graduation.


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