American Indian Studies
- The Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program is a Kumeyaay way of saying "Youth Think." The program supports the cultural, social, academic and leadership development of students committed to the sovereignty and wellness of Indigenous communities, and is designed to mentor and provide community-service learning experiences for students pursuing higher education and preparing to serve Indigenous communities. Scholars attend a series of leadership seminars and service activities, with topics and activities developed by community and tribal leaders, with support from SDSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Each scholar is expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Throughout the year, scholars are also invited to participate in special events with nationally recognized speakers, local community leaders, and university officials.
- The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) is an active student organization promoting a Native American presence on campus. NASA hosts an array of events to promote the recruitment and retention of Native American and Alaskan Native students; to maintain and promote the truth, accuracy, and the history of Native people; and to honor and respect the various Native cultures and traditions.
- The SDSU Powwow, sponsored by NASA and the Department of American Indian Studies, is held on campus every spring, usually in March or April. The powwow is a gathering of Native Americans who represent tribes from various regions of the United States. There are Native American dancing and singing competitions, arts and crafts booths and traditional Native food booths.
- A special American Indian Graduation Ceremony is held every year in May to honor the achievements of graduating Native American students and American Indian Studies majors and minors. At the ceremony, each graduate receives individual recognition and has the opportunity to express appreciation to family, friends, and others.
- The American Indian Community Relations Working Group, established by the American Indian Studies Department, helps the department maintain a strong linkage with the local Indian community. The Working Group helps the department achieve its goals, including: supporting American Indian students and promoting their success in the education process, finding opportunities for American Indian students to liaison with community groups, and finding ways for SDSU American Indian Studies students to serve the community.