A group of indigenous students and staff pose for a group photo in two rows.

Indigenous Student Services

The ACTS Indigenous Student Services Coordinator is a resource for UW–Madison students who identify as American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawai’i Native, Native American, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and/or Indigenous. We offer:

  • personalized pathways based on your individual strengths & challenges
  • culturally relevant advising focused on the unique academic, personal,
    social and cultural needs of Native American students
  • matching with academic coaches to achieve your educational goals
  • guidance on navigating academic expectations and campus resources
  • access to a network of peer, academic and professional mentors including
    many Native professionals
  • professional development workshops, conferences, and guidance
  • connections to student organizations, cultural events, community and
    support for Indigenous students on campus
  • campus advocacy for Indigenous student wellbeing


Laura Hiebing
ACTS Indigenous Student Services Coordinator



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The University of Wisconsin-Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop (day-JOPE) since time immemorial.

In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin.

This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation. Today, UW–Madison respects the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with the eleven other First Nations of Wisconsin.

A map showing the outline of the state of wisconsin with images of tribal seals over the location of the state's Native Nations.

UW–Madison acknowledges the land we are on — not as a solution — but rather as a first step that calls on each of us to deeply consider our shared past and present with Indigenous peoples in this place, Teejop, and to make our own personal and institutional commitments to achieve a shared future.

ACTS and the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement are committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with the 12 First Nations within the boundaries of the state of Wisconsin, and creating an environment where the citizens and descendants of these and other sovereign Indigenous nations are welcomed, valued, heard and supported at UW–Madison. Under the DDEEA and ACTS, the Indigenous Student Services Coordinator serves an important role in advocating for a safe and welcoming environment where students can thrive and achieve academic success.

Learn more about UW–Madison’s commitment to respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other First Nations of Wisconsin.