Native Soar

Native SOAR (Student Outreach, Access and Resiliency) is a multigenerational sevice-learning mentoring program that equips undergraduate students at the University of Arizona (UA) to mentor local middle and high school students. In the program’s two-tier mentoring model, enrolled undergraduates are also mentored by current UA graduate students and professionals from within the Tucson and University community.  Native SOAR was established in 2005 by Dr. Jenny Lee, Professor at the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the UA's College of Education, and Dr. Amanda Tachine, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.

Amanda Cheromiah
Native SOAR Director | | Tribal Affiliation: Laguna Pueblo

Amanda Cheromiah is a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the University of Arizona. She has served as Native SOAR's instructor for nearly four years and was recently appointed Director in Spring semester 2018. When she was an undergraduate, she also served as a mentor for 2 years. Amanda integrates digital storytelling, photography and creative teaching techniques to engage and empower students on all levels of the educational pipeline. Amanda's intended dissertation research will focus on using digital storytelling as a cutting edge method to describe the experience of Native American students who attend large, public institutions across the United States.  

Felisia Tagaban
Native SOAR Graduate Assistant | | Tribal Affiliation: Diné/Tlingit

Felisia Tagaban is a first-year MA student in the Higher Education program. This year, she will serve as a Graduate Assistant for the Native SOAR program.
In addition to her commitment to the UA campus community, Felisia also serves as a Community Liaison for Sunnyside Unified School District at Challenger Middle School. 

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