Dormlife: Creating a Home-Away-From-Home for Native American Students

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What makes the O’odham Ki: Wing residence community so special? The people.

O’odham Ki, pronounced AW-THAM-KEE, means "the People's House," and that couldn’t be a better description for this living-learning community. The University of Arizona’s O’odham Ki: Wing has a long tradition of providing a positive academic and cultural experience for American Indian/Alaska Native students.

Located in Kaibab-Huachuca Hall, the wing includes 11 rooms for 22 Native American students, and helps residents navigate their first year on campus, while promoting empowerment and community.

“Native peoples are very community-based and then you come [to UA] by yourself —  where do you find it?” says Steven Martin, director for Native American Student Affairs (NASA). “Students need that community for motivation, confidence, support. [O’odham Ki: Wing] is a family atmosphere, and their peers give them that support.”

Throughout the year, NASA and other student groups host educational and social events for the wing’s residents, including potlucks, tutoring groups, networking gatherings and opportunities to connect with the larger Tucson Native American community.

To apply to live in O’odham Ki: Wing, simply complete your online housing application, indicating your preference for this community.