Dean of Student Services and Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Jorge Mendoza Ndizhnikaaz, I am the Dean of Student Affairs at Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC). I am both honored and humbled to have been given this great opportunity to work in a fantastic organization surrounded by an incredible group of professionals and community. While I am new to the Dean position, I am not new to the college, as I have been serving our students as the Academic Success Counselor since June 2017.
My journey to Northern Minnesota and to LLTC has been “full” for the lack of a better word. As briefly noted by the title of my introduction, I was that student…
I grew up in South Central Los Angeles as part of an immigrant family, so early in my education and not speaking any English, I was that student that continuously fell behind and struggled. However, with the encouragement and support of teachers and coaches, I made it through my early academic years and headed on to college. Classwork in college once again posed a challenge, as it was evident that my inner-city education had not prepared me for the private liberal arts college I was now attending. So once again, I was that student struggling throw classes, needing focus and structure.
In 1991 after attending a couple of other colleges and universities, I decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. Subsequently, in the course of a 25-year career, which was composed of numerous military assignments, positions, and deployments, I retired from the Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel having completed a Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Military Art and Science. Most importantly, throughout my military career, I matured and developed the skills and desire to support and service my community. So, the transition to mentoring, advising, and caring for students seemed to be a perfect fit; for someone that just spend decades doing similar tasks for soldiers.
I am very fortunate and thankful to have been given the consideration and now the opportunity to assist in developing, mentoring, and caring for the students at Leech Lake Tribal College. LLTC is, without a doubt, one of the most caring and supporting organizations I have ever been part of, and I am incredibly proud to continue to be part of its journey.
~The path to knowledge is eternal~
Master’s, Military Operational Art and Science/Studies, United States Army Command and General Staff College, 2013
B.S., Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio,1999
Research & Experience :
U.S. Army Intermediate Level Education(Professional Military Education), Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), Fort Benning, GA 2013
U.S. Army ROTC