patrick naranjoAfter a competitive national search, UC Berkeley welcomed Patrick Naranjo as the new director of the American Indian Graduate Program in May.

Prior to coming to campus, Patrick served as the Resource Coordinator for the Intersection, Academic Multicultural Resource Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In that role, he was instrumental in developing and implementing campuswide strategies to enhance the academic outcomes of students and establish strong Native American engagement. 

In his previous role as Native Liaison at the university, Patrick established a long-term foundation for UNLV’s leadership to collaborate with national, regional, and tribal Indian educational initiatives.

Patrick is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and holds a B.A. from Haskell Indian National University and an M.A. from UCLA in American Indian Studies with an emphasis on contemporary tribal cultural property protections.

Patrick has published several articles and continues to transform higher education experiences for Native and Indigenous people through the intersection of Native heritage, academia, and cultural concepts.

The university would like to thank Cindy Andallo for her outstanding work, 20 years of service, and commitment to the American Indian Graduate Program as the program manager and most recently, interim program director. 

About the American Indian Graduate Program

As part of UC Berkeley’s mission to foster academic excellence through diversity, the American Indian Graduate Program seeks, through outreach, individual recruitment, and student services, to counteract the barriers that prevent the full participation of American Indian and Alaska Native students in graduate education.

Read more about AIGP online.