Indigenous Student Mentors

Starting a new semester or attending a new school can be a bit overwhelming at first. It can take some time for new and returning students to adjust to university life.

The Indigenous Student Mentor Program aims to connect new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students with senior Indigenous students at Augustana. Our fabulous Peer Mentors help incoming students connect with the community, become acquainted with the university, and provide guidance and encouragement to students as they transition to university life in Camrose.

2020 - 2021 Indigenous Peer Mentors!

Lauren Cardinal

Lauren CardinalLauren Cardinal is a Treaty 8 Woodlands Cree student in her third year of Kinesiology. She is currently on the women's basketball team and hopes to work with Indigenous youth to help pursue their aspiring goals. When not on the court or in the gym you can find Lauren hanging out with her cat or watching Grey’s Anatomy. She is beyond excited to accept this role as the Indigenous Peer Mentor and looking to expand her Indigenous roots while making connections with students and faculty.  

Aurora Tupechka

AuroraHi, my name is Aurora. I am a fifth-year biology major with a chemistry minor. I was raised in a tiny community called Two Hills, so I knew Augustana was the perfect place for me to pursue a degree. Since coming to Augustana, I have been able to learn about and connect more with my Métis heritage. I’ve been so lucky to take part in the Indigenous community on campus thanks to the Indigenous Student Services. I am excited to be a part of the program this year, so I can continue to share that sense of community with you, too.

I grew up on a farm where we had a lot of animals, which I loved. I’ve always wanted to be a veterinarian, which is why I’m in the Bachelor of Science program. Yet, Augustana has also allowed me to maintain the hobbies that I love, such as art, volleyball, and badminton. I think it’s important as an upper-year student to provide mentorship, which is why I’ve also been an executive for clubs like the Indigenous Club and the Augustana Science Club throughout my time here. Although this year looks different for us all, please reach out if you ever want to chat or ask questions. We’re in this together!