LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The new Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center is the most visible initiative enacted since University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols took office in May 2016 and began concerted efforts to attract and support Native American students.
The president has made frequent visits to the Wind River Indian Reservation. She's also established a Native American Advisory Committee to counsel her on the university's relationship with native students and the reservation's two tribes.
In June, UW hosted a program that brought native high school students to campus for a week-long preview of college life. In December, UW hired its first Native American program adviser.
Enrolled Northern Arapaho student Stephin Littleshield says what Nichols has achieved in a short time is impressive.