Coaches for American Indian Students
The Student Success Center partners with the American Indian Support Services to offer peer coaching to assist American Indian students in becoming academically and personally successful at ASU.
Name: Cante Zephier
Hometown: Pine Ridge, SD
Major: Secondary Education (History)
College: Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Year in School: Junior
Interesting fact about me: An interesting fact about me is I'm a beadwork artist! I create earrings, dancing regalia, and traditional items adorned with beads.
Career Goals: I would love to teach all around the country with various Native American tribes, and provide them with a culturally relatable educator, and with the highest quality of education. The power in which our youth have needs to be explored and nurtured in order to flourish. With a solid foundation of both western and traditional cultural education, Indigenous students will be able to thrive.
Extra-Curricular Activities: I am a part of the club MEChA de ASU. In our club we read and discuss theory, as it relates to colonialism, imperialism, fascism, capitalism, as well as discuss current events and our praxis. We have supported and attended peaceful protests, volunteered at immigrant welcome centers, and are currently in the process of creating a community garden.
Why I wanted to be a success coach: I have a passion for working with youth. Being able to help support and encourage new students to explore and engage within the ASU community in a multitude of ways is so rewarding.
Advice for being successful at ASU: My best advice would be to stay organized! Whether it's in the form of a planner, special binders, a clean space, or a set schedule, staying organized will help you balance your academic, personal, and social life.
Name: Chael Moore
Hometown: Crystal, NM
Major: English (Creative Writing)
College: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Year in School: Senior
Interesting fact about me: I received an opportunity to collaborate with Abalone Mountain Press, a local Indigenous owned publishing press in the Phoenix area, to create a piece of poetry that is now exhibited at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, AZ!
Career Goals: I want to become an author, editor, and/or a journalist. I’m inspired by my experiences growing up and my Diné (Navajo) culture to create the stories and books that she wanted to read when I was younger and now.
Extra-Curricular Activities: Student researcher and fellow for the Native Narratives Program at ASU, freelance writing and being a part of the social media team for a non-profit organization on the Navajo Nation.
Why I wanted to be a success coach: I look forward to working with incoming students and being the coach that I never had because I recognize that although college can be challenging in many different ways, sometimes it only takes one person to push you to be better, keep going, and work toward your goals.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Work hard at being organized. Something as small as writing down important dates, events, and deadlines for your classes, extra curricular involvements, or work can be very beneficial.
Name: Melanie Utter
Hometown: Anthem, AZ
Major: Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies
College: New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Year in School: Senior
Interesting fact about me: I have won awards for my artwork, including "People's Choice" and "Finalist" for Music K-8 Magazine!
Career Goals: As someone who is incredibly passionate about leadership, film, and the arts, I hope to find a career where I can express my own creativity or represent individuals in that field.
Extra-Curricular Activities: I have been involved with the Programming and Activities Board (PAB), CommLabASU, and the Solera Experience.
Why I wanted to be a success coach: As a first-generation college student, I understand how impactful the college journey can be. I hope to encourage others to discover their voice and get the most out of their college experience.
Advice for being successful at ASU: Connect with others. Reaching out to students, faculty, and staff may improve your academic, personal, and professional growth. You may also discover opportunities by engaging with members of the ASU community.