Native American Theme Program (NATP): exploring the Native American experience at Cal
If you have a personal or academic interest in Native American culture, community, history, arts and politics, the new Native American Theme Program could be for you! A live-in Theme Program Assistant provides resources and support for residents’ social and academic needs. Through faculty, staff, and student interaction, our academic seminar promotes greater understanding of Native American experiences and culture through a political, historical, and contemporary context. Residents will learn about and discuss Native American culture, community, history, arts, and politics. We have fun; we gain leadership skills, understanding of each other, and form friendships that can last a lifetime.
Seminar and events
The seminar is a 2-unit pass/no pass class that meets once a week in the residence hall during the evening. You can review a sample course syllabus to get an idea about the coursework and expectations. If you’re admitted to NATP, you will be given more information about how to enroll in the class.
Events include a wide variety of interaction with faculty and staff, as well as community activities including:
The Living space
NATP residents live together in mini-suites in Slottman Hall, which is situated in Unit 1 (click on the 3D room views for more information). It’s about a 5-minute walk from campus, and there is a free nearby shuttle service to drive you around the center of campus.
Each room has high-speed internet connections and basic cable, and Unit 1 has laundry facilities, vending machines, and live-in staff. Most students have a roommate and take meals at Crossroads. Students also have access to a great Academic Services Center which offers tutoring, peer advising, copy and fax services, and computers and printers.
How to apply
Any Native American student, or person interested in Native American culture, community, history, arts, and politics is encouraged to apply. You must complete the UC Berkeley housing application by the deadline. On the online application Theme Program page, select NATP from the drop-down menu; at a prompt, you'll also be asked to write a short essay. The housing contract you receive will indicate if you have been selected to the Theme Program.
If you have additional questions that are not answered here, you can call 510/642-3213.