The goal of the Dean of Students Native American Indian Technology Initiative (DSNAITI) is to provide support to American Indian students in their efforts to graduate from BYU. The Dean of Students wants to complement the institutional support services already available on campus, encourage persistence towards graduation, and offset some costs commonly associated with a college education. Our mission as the MSS is to provide both current and prospective NAI students with opportunities and resources to assist them in the achievement of their academic career goals.
Sharon Tapahe, Assistant to the Dean of Students and Advisor
I am from Window Rock, Arizona, which is on the Navajo reservation. I grew up learning about my Navajo culture from my parents. I’m grateful for the teachings my parents shared with me. They wanted me to go to school and get an education. It was important to them and me. I received my bachelors and master’s degrees from BYU. I love BYU! I’m thankful for the experiences and opportunities I had at BYU. It has helped me strengthen my testimony.
Victoria Meza - Student Assistant
Victoria is a Senior studying Psychology. She is from Kamas, Ut. She is Peruvian and from the Navajo and Assiniboine Sioux tribes. She served a full time LDS Mission 6 months ago in Farmington, New Mexico.
Kaha'i Fa'alafua- Student Assistant
Kaha'i Fa'alafua is a Senior studying Linguistics. He grew up in Orem, Utah. He is Samoan, Hawaiian, Chinese, and Japanese. He served a full time LDS Mission in the Japan, Sapporo Mission and returned in 2016.