Native American

Students of the Native American program standing with a Native American man in traditional garb.


The Native American Program Coordinator serves UNLV’s Native American and Indigenous student communities. They are responsible for creating programs, facilitating student workshops, and providing resources with the goal of affirming, educating, and empowering students. The Program Coordinator is also responsible for advocating with and for Native and Indigenous students. The Program Coordinator also addresses the needs of Native students through intentional and collaborative efforts and advocacy.

Kayla Tanaid

Kayla Tanaid

Meet the Coordinator

Kayla Tanaid (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Native American Program Coordinator. She holds a B.S. in Audiology & Speech-Language Sciences with a minor in Communication Studies, and an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado (UNCo). Prior to this role, Kayla worked at the Native American Student Services at UNCo for 3.5 years. Her research passions include the Native student experience, First-Generation students, along with the Hawai’i student experience. Kayla was born and raised in Hawai’i, on the island of O’ahu.

Services & Programs

The following are key programs and services offered to UNLV students:


  • Native American Welcome Event
  • Native American Heritage Month Main Event
  • Native Student Meet Ups


  • Native Student Scholarship List (Coming Soon)
  • Resource Guide (Coming Soon)