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American Indian Student Services

aissp_main1American Indian Student Services is a multifaceted program established in 1978 to recruit and retain American Indian students. It is a national model of success and continues to have one of the highest retention and graduation rates of Indian students in the state of Minnesota.

Today more than 200 Indian students have graduated from Augsburg, and each year approximately 80 students are enrolled both full and part time, undergraduate and graduate, representing over 20 tribal nations.

Our graduates are valued members of their communities. They maintain their contact with the AISS and are invaluable in our networking with current students.


The Department of Multicultural Life strives to be a national leader in multicultural student success and social justice education within higher education. Through collaboration with key departments, offices, and individuals; the development and implementation of cultural- and social-critical educational programming; and the focused mentoring and support of historically underrepresented student populations, the department works to co-create a university environment that allows for all members to fully engage in the entirety of their collegiate experience.


We believe when students have a greater understanding of self, they become empowered to reclaim* ownership of their education. Multicultural Life provides opportunities to deepen awareness and knowledge of identity, resilience, and advocacy.

*Due to white supremacist foundation that is rooted within higher education, education does not allow historically underserved students to take stake in their learning.