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American Indian College Motivation Day

November 2nd, 2023. An Inspiring Event for American Indian Students!

For 49 years, Cal Poly Humboldt has hosted American Indian College Motivation Day (AICMD). This event, which is held on the first Thursday in November, focuses on preparing high school students for what to look for and expect in college, creating a sense of belonging and cultural relevancy, and connecting students to their support team at Humboldt. AICMD is organized in partnership by the Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff, American Indian student leaders on campus and the Office of Admissions.

Main Schedule

TimeEvent ComponentLocation
8:30 am - 9:15 am

Early-Bird Arrival/Optional Campus Tour
Arriving to Cal Poly Humboldt early? Get a campus tour by an Admissions Ambassador.

Balabanis Art Quad
9:30 am - 10:00 amArrival/Check-In
Receive your name badge and printed schedule.

Van Duzer Theatre

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Welcome and Opening Prayers & Songs
Join us for a welcoming address by President Tom Jackson Jr, followed by a prayer and song by Cheryl Seidner, Wiyot Elder.

Facilitator: Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Keynote Address - Ellen Colegrove

Ellen Colegrove is a Hoopa Tribal Member. She works for Two Feathers NAFS and Six Rivers Wellness. Ellen attended HSU from 2016- Cal Poly Humboldt 2023. She was an ITEPP Club Treasurer and President. She has a double major bachelors in Child Development and Native American Studies and a Master Social Work. Her current position as an Associate Clinical Social Worker allows her to work directly with her community of Hoopa, CA.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Student Panel
Hear directly from current Cal Poly Humboldt students and their college journey.

Student Panelists:
Charlena “Char” Valencia (Graton Rancheria - Senior)
Minnie McKelvy (Hupa - Senior)
Sierra Stalter (Choinumni/Cahuilla - Senior)
Marcus Dumpit (Hupa - Freshmen)
Koda Myers (Yurok - Sophomore)

Facilitator: Lonyx B Landry

11:15 am - 11:30 amOverview of the afternoon and expectations while visiting Humboldt
11:30 am - 12:20 pmLunch & Academic Fair
Meet with college representatives, including Cal Poly Humboldt department, enjoy some food, and collect your free t-shirt during the fair!
Recreation & Wellness Center, 2nd Floor, West Gym

Instant Admissions
Join Humboldt's professional staff member for the opportunity to get an "on-the-spot" admissions decision if you have applied to Cal Poly Humboldt.

Student & Business Services, 1st Floor, Front Desk
12:40 pm - 1:40 pmSession Breakout Groups - See Below 

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Optional Campus Tour

Balabanis Art Quad


Session Break-outs


CSU Admissions Requirements (A-G)
12:40 pm - 1:10 pm
Nelson Hall East, 2nd Floor, Room 102 (Goodwin Forum)
Presented by: Tania Marin

High School Plan
1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
Nelson Hall East, 2nd Floor, Room 102 (Goodwin Forum)
Presented by: Sloan Mckelvy, TRiO College Access Advisor, Hupa Tribal Member


12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
Van Duzer Theatre
Presented by: Adrienne Colegrove-Raymond


Native American Studies
12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
Native American Forum
Presented by: Dr. Kayla Begay

How to Choose a College
12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
Native American Forum
Presented by: Aubrey Emmons


Financial Aid 
12:40 pm - 1:00 pm
Community Center, 2nd Floor, Great Hall 
Presented by: Morgan McBroom

Cultural Relevancy/Student Panel
1:00 pm - 1:40 pm
Community Center, 2nd Floor, Great Hall 
Presented by: Dr. Kishan Lara-Cooper 

For more information about American Indian College Motivation Day, please contact Sulaina Banks at