Graduation 2023
June 5, 2023

Mendocino College achieves highest percentage of Native American students in California Community College System

Mendocino College is thrilled to announce that it has attained the notable distinction of having the highest percentage of Native American students among all California Community Colleges. This achievement underscores the college’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusivity.

The college has long been dedicated to supporting the needs of Native American students, with initiatives such as the Pomo Pathways program, the establishment of the Native American Student Resource Center (NASRC), increased cultural events including Native American Motivation Day, and collaborating with local tribes. These efforts have contributed to an inclusive campus environment where Native American students can thrive academically and personally.

“We take immense pride in our student population, and the invaluable diversity students bring to our college community,” said Dr. Tim Karas, president of Mendocino College. “This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to cultivating an inclusive and supportive environment for all students, and we remain dedicated to their success and well-being.”

Mendocino College values its role as a leader in Lake and Mendocino counties, and to nurture ongoing learning has established the Native Learning Symposium with funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This speaker series, open to the public, is in collaboration with representatives from local tribes and features local Native American experts, elders, and educators. The series is designed to educate about the history, culture, and political organization of the tribes in the Mendocino-Lake Community College District. The series will resume on Aug. 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., focusing on Wellness. The series continues monthly through November. To learn more visit

Mendocino College’s accomplishment in attracting and supporting Native American students enriches the educational experience for all students and strengthens the broader California Community College system, and our community as a whole. By embracing diversity and fostering cultural understanding, the college is paving the way for a brighter future where all students can thrive.

For more information about Mendocino College and its commitment to diversity, visit or contact the Mendocino College Native American Student Resource Center at (707) 468-3000, ext. 4603.