Who We Are

The purpose of the AIC is to serve as an academic and social resource to all American Indian students while assisting to minimize the cultural distance sometimes associated when transitioning from one’s home area to a large urban community college and city environment like the Phoenix metro area.

Our center is a place of support, both academically and socially, as we serve to encourage, strengthen, and retain the largest population of American Indian students in the Maricopa Community College District. 

You Are Always Welcome

We hope that when you arrive you feel that you are indeed part of a student-centered family environment and we encourage you to meet and interact with a diverse group of students to share in a camaraderie that is genuinely unique to indigenous people, binding us together regardless of tribe or nation. 

Our office has evolved to work closely with a number of other student support units within MCC’s learning community.  As a result we can provide students with important ‘one-stop’ information relating to a number of departments including Financial Aid and Scholarships, Admissions, Career Services, Student Life, and Athletics. However, we also encourage you to visit each of those offices on your own to further understand how the college operates and relates to you individually. Additionally, should we be unable to answer your questions we will ensure that someone within our network of partners at MCC can assist us to best help you in your academic progress.

What We Can Do

We can assist you in planning and meeting your academic goals and help you choose the classes necessary to complete a wide range of certificates or associate’s degrees and/or transferring to a four-year institution. Whether you are a current Mesa Thunderbird or would like to become one, the AIC at MCC is the place to help you get started. Additionally, while we value classroom learning to prepare for one’s future we also foster and encourage student leadership and personal growth through collaboration with many community groups. AIC students have worked with MCC’s Intertribal Student Organization (ISO) to partner with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Intertribal Council of Arizona, Gila River Youth Programs, UNITY, and a number of other groups to enhance their leadership and sense of community involvement as a means to supplement their classroom learning. This experience has helped countless students learn to lead, think critically, and question things while enhancing their ability to problem solve and learn compassion for the individuals they serve. 

Please come and introduce yourselves to our staff, our office is located in building 36N and we are excited to meet you. We hope that you become involved this academic year in all of the activities that are being planned. Native Welcome, ISO, AISES, and Native Strength club meetings and events, lectures by prominent American Indian educators and leaders, Indigenous Nations month in November as well as the 2nd Annual American Indian Recognition basketball game, culminating in the AIC/ISO feast, as well as a number of other events are in the works. We encourage you to bring your strengths, ideas, and interests to join the AIC family at Mesa Community College.