The American Indian Student Association (AISA) at UCLA is a community where students come together and work collectively in an effort to promote education and interest in their Native culture. AISA has established a strong community that supports all students in their effort to receive an education at UCLA. Likewise, American Indian students make up less than 1% of the UCLA student body, therefore it is essential that AISA work together to dispel any misconceptions regarding the art, language, history and lives of American Indians. Through AISA projects, Retention of American Indians Now! and American Indian Recruitment, and annual programs, we strive to raise awareness of contemporary American Indian issues, foster a strong American Indian community on-campus, and create a space for Native people in higher education.
Each person represents their respective nation and is encouraged to express and share their culture. We encourage students who may have become disconnected from their culture to come and learn about our organization and instill a sense of pride to motivate them to help the greater American Indian community. It is the diverse backgrounds that strengthen our group, as each student brings with them a talent or perspective that benefits American Indians on and off campus.