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Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocates and Responsive Education in Human Services

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This program of study is rooted in our relational accountability to the people within our environment and the responsibility we have to helping and healing.

It will provide students with the ability to integrate traditional values and ways of knowing with the National Standards for Human Services in order to proactively engage in the restoration of people, families, and communities.

Department Chair & Faculty

Greg Mahle

Community Advocacy and Community Education (CARE) in Human Services, Department Chair

Location21 – Coast Salish Institute, Room 14Work Phone: (360) 392-4279




Tribal Human Services professionals are required to have a deep understanding of self-location while actively engaging in community, advocacy, and relationship building.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Use critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills to create plans for community engagement focused on a common vision for enhancing the lives of Tribal people.
  • Develop partnerships between stakeholders and advocates while identifying the community strengths and needs.
  • Develop a practice framework derived from an anti-oppressive paradigm for the advancement and well-being of communities.


Tribal Human Services professionals integrate Indigenous knowledge while maintaining national standards to provide direct and indirect services that reinforce Tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate cultural cognition during community interactions and interview processes while adhering to National Standards of Human Services.
  • Provide case management that includes intake, assessment, intervention strategies, referrals, consultation, discharge, and documentation.
  • Articulate processes for agency and program management at the administrative level that include grant writing, fundraising, budget development and oversight, supervision, recruitment, liability, and retention.


Tribal Human Services professionals integrate traditional values with the ethical standards for Human Services to provide proactive services at the personal, professional, and community levels.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Articulate the differences and similarities between Tribal/communal values, personal values, professional values, codes of ethics, policies, and law.
  • Engage and integrate both traditional values and ethical standards into the Human Services field.
  • Utilize Indigenous theories and methods for conducting research and evaluation in response to community needs.


Tribal Human Services professionals understand their relational accountability to the people within their environment and have a communal responsibility to helping and healing.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will:

  • Deconstruct oppressive systems and ways of thinking to foster systemic change, equality, social justice, and healthy communities.
  • Facilitate and assess individual and group behaviors in community and professional settings.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency by self-reflecting, self-evaluating, and creating plans for lifelong learning and professional development.

Student Life

NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.

NWIC Extended Campus Locations

Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.

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