About the Intertribal Resource Center

Intertribal Resource Center (ITRC) is one of six Campus Community Resource Centers within the office of the Vice Chancellor-Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.  Like all our Resource Center, the ITRC provides a supportive community space, academic support services, mentoring/leadership development, co-and extra-curricular programming, and non-academic support. The ITRC is a campus resource for all students. In particular, the Center aims to leverage existing resources to create a sense of place and community and provide an important support system for American Indian/Alaskan Native/Indigenous students on campus and to develop positive relationships with our local tribal communities.

The Intertribal Resource Center is rooted in a student movement that sought to increase the presence of Native American students on campus and to provide a resource on campus to meet the unique and diverse needs of Native American students.

 

Meet the Director

Elena Hood

hood,-elena.jpgElena is the inaugural director of the UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center. She is from the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to joining our campus, she served as program manager for The Pechanga School, a tribal school located on the Pechanga Indian Reservation. She majored in Native American Studies at UC Berkeley and dedicated her time as a volunteer at the American Indian Child Resource Center in Oakland, Calif. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at Harvard University and is completing her Doctorate Degree at UC San Diego’s Education Studies Program.  She has 20 years experience working in the field of Indian Education and serving Native American communities.