Our Community

Connect with the Heritage Community

Our commitment to our community goes beyond our mission of providing a quality education for all underserved students. Here, our focus on serving the broader Yakima Valley area is woven into our classrooms, our experiences and our culture. Faculty and staff members proudly serve on the boards of directors and committees of many nonprofit agencies, and our students are invited to participate in a variety of opportunities and hands-on services across the community. We are also home to several centers dedicated to uplifting the Native American cultures of Washington.

We encourage you to explore Heritage University’s breadth of programs that strengthen and serve our community.

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What Can You Do to Help Build a Better Community?

Share Your Knowledge

Clubs, classes and academic programs are always looking for experts to offer their unique skill sets and knowledge to guide students. You can choose your level of involvement – it can be anything from speaking at an event to mentoring and providing job shadowing and internship opportunities.

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Share Your Support

Donations from the Heritage community are vital to our mission to provide access to education for everyone. When you make a charitable gift, you help fund scholarships and resources for students in need. In fact, 95% of Heritage students rely on financial aid to attend college. No matter how much you donate, you can help transform a student’s life.

Share Your Story

Connecting with the Heritage community can be as simple as following HU on Facebook. Get the latest news on campus, faculty, student and alumni accomplishments, and learn about upcoming events and lectures. Plus, it’s a great way to talk to other community members and share your personal connection with Heritage.

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Community Programs

Heritage is proud to be home to a number of multicultural community initiatives. We seek to provide valuable services to underserved communities throughout the Yakima Valley, including Native American peoples. Explore the links below to learn more about our programs and how you can get involved.

Community Programs

Heritage is proud to be home to a number of multicultural community initiatives. We seek to provide valuable services to underserved communities throughout the Yakima Valley, including Native American peoples. Explore the links below to learn more about our programs and how you can get involved.

The Institute for Student Identity and Research

The Institute for Student Identity and Research

Founded in 2011, our goal is to increase the number of four-year degree recipients among low-income, first-generation college students in the Yakima Valley.

Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and the Environment

Center for Indigenous Health, Culture and the Environment

We support sustainable, community-based research and development to empower Native American peoples regionally and globally.

DACA

DACA

Learn about how DACA impacts students, and how you can help them access higher education. The only thing that sets DACA students apart from their classmates is their immigration status.

Heritage University Language Center

Heritage University Language Center

The HULC was started in 2014 to assist with Native American language revitalization, preservation and promotion.

Somos Indios

Somos Indios

We Are Indian. View our seminar presentations on bridging Native American identities and deepening our understanding of our histories.

Workforce Training and Education

Workforce Training and Education

Our Workforce Training and Education division assists local employers in preparing their employees for increasingly challenging positions within their organizations.

Meet Our Community

Student Stories

Hear firsthand from current and former Heritage students about their experiences working with our community!

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First Name Last Name, Credentials, Grad Year

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First Name Last Name, Credentials, Grad Year

Quote about being part of Heritage community

Want to keep up with the Eagle community?

Subscribe to our Wings magazine and to our monthly HUNOW electronic newsletter! Get the regular updates and news about Heritage, and check out exciting stories from alumni and the Heritage community.