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San Diego State University

Elymash Yuuchaap - Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program



Friday, April 6, 2018 

Our Way to Welcome You

SDSU Howka Weekend is a personalized event for admitted students and their families that provides insight into the diverse SDSU American Indian community and some of our campus supporters.

You will experience student life and get a glimpse of the many opportunities that SDSU has to offer.

Howka Weekend activities include:

  • Introduction to campus
  • Meeting student leaders from the Native American Student Alliance (NASA) 
  • Engaging Faculty and Staff
  • Student forums
  • Information about the Elymash Yuuchapp program
  • Parent forum & Financial Aid presentation
  • Dinner
  • Entertainment/Student social
  • Experience staying in the on-campus residential halls*

*Howka Weekend includes an optional overnight stay in one of our own Residence Halls. Howka Weekend concludes with breakfast and attending the 46th annual SDSU Powwow.

All activities take place on the SDSU campus.

Residential Experience Option – Students are offered an option to stay on campus Friday night. This optional component of Howka weekend will give you the opportunity to be paired up with a current SDSU student and experience what it is like to live in the residence halls. Spots are very limited and will be filled on a first come-first serve basis.

Accommodations for Parents/Guest – Visit the Parent Programs website for discount rates on local hotels and airport shuttles.

RSVP Today!

Space is limited for the overnight option, so register online now. To RSVP, click the Register link available at the Elymash Yuuchaap events page.

Liability Waiver

You must sign and submit the Participation Liability Waiver Form in order to participate in the overnight option. To sign this form electronically, do not open in your browser - save the form to your desktop and open with Adobe Acrobat (see below to download Acrobat)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is provided?

• Air mattress to sleep on

• Basic bed linens

What should I bring?

• Photo identification

• Sleeping bag/blankets/personal pillow

• Towel

• Toiletries (soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, etc.)

• Personal items (hair dryer, flat iron, electric razor, etc.)

• Change of clothing • Snacks (water, chips, etc.)

• Any items needed for one night Please limit your belongings into one bag (excluding sleeping bag)

What not to bring?

• Valuables (Jewelry, large amount of money, etc.)

• Alcohol and other drugs

• Any type of potential weapon including a pocket knife

What if I’m running late?

If you are running late, don’t panic! Simply call us at (619) 573-5434. The earlier you can let us know you are running late, the better.

If you are lost and need directions, do not hesitate to ask our staff to assist you in finding your way to the program. There will also be a table located in the Student Union to direct you to the right location.

Rules and Regulations

During your stay, you will need to stay on campus with your host/mentor at all times and abide by all Residential Education policies, university regulations and State of California laws.

Emergency Information

In the case of an emergency on the night of your stay, please contact the South Campus Plaza front desk at (619) 594-2845 or the Chapultepec front desk at (619) 594-6853. You may then ask to be put in contact with Residential Education staff. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or (619) 594-1991 immediately to be in contact with University Police.


Many events are planned for you and family or friends who are attending the weekend with you. Upon arrival you will receive a program for both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, we are asking that you check out of the residence hall prior to breakfast. If you have no vehicle on campus, we will store your luggage at South Campus Plaza or Chapultepec, depending on which residence hall you've been assigned to, and ask that you return at the end of the Explore SDSU program to pick up any personal belongings you stored.

Campus Safety

University Police

Sworn police officers are permitted by state law to make arrests, investigate crimes and carry firearms. (619) 594-1991

Blue Light Phones (Public Emergency Response Telephones)

Emergency phones located throughout campus provide a direct line to the University Police. These phones have blue lights overhead, making their locations easy to find. Individuals may contact police directly without charge from these phones.

Escort Service

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to take advantage of the escort service provided from dusk to dawn by the SDSU Police Department. The service is available to all parking areas and campus locations. To request an escort, call (619) 594-6659. Escort is generally provided by a Community Service Officer (CSO) or by a Police Officer.

Residence Hall Security

To gain entrance to a specific hall, one must be a resident of that building and furnish a University ID, or be accompanied by someone who does. The Resident's access card must be swiped or key used in order to unlock the main doors, in some buildings the access card is then swiped again to gain access to the stairwell. Mentors will have access to the spaces where guests will be staying so it is important to stay with your mentor.

Emergency Phone Numbers

University Police, 24-hour dispatch (619) 594-1991

Residential Education, M–F, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (619) 594-5742

South Campus Plaza Front Desk, 24 hours per day (619) 594-2845

Chapultepec Front Desk, 24 hours per day (619) 594-6853

If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or (619) 594-1991 immediately to be in contact with University Police.

All guests must check in at the front desk and provide a valid ID.