NACC Staff


The director and the assistant director of the Native American Cultural Center work together to support Indigenous students and programming throughout the year. The director works with colleagues in the dean’s office, while the assistant director works from an office located inside the NACC. 

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Matthew Makomenaw, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Yale College; Director of the Native American Cultural Center (he/him/his)

Dr. Matthew Makomenaw, is the Assistant Dean of Yale College, Director of the Native American Cultural Center, and a Trumbull Fellow. Matthew earned three degrees from Michigan State University: his Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology; his Master of Arts, in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education-Student Affairs; and his Ph.D., in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education. His dissertation focused on tribal college transfer student success at four-year Institutions. Over the course of his career, he has created and supported programs to help Native and Indigenous students make the transition to and thrive in college - including summer bridge programs, college access initiatives, pow wows, tribal outreach and student retention and success.


Denise Morales, Assistant Director,  of the Native American Cultural Center (she/her/hers)

Denise Morales (Tohono O’odham), is the Assistant Director of the Native American Cultural Center.  She is originally from Long Beach, California. Denise is a first generation transfer student who recieved an associate degree from Long Beach City College and BA and MA from UCLA. Her previous experience includes higher education outreach to indigenous students in the Southern California area and supporting indigenous students at the University of Arizona.

Native American Cultural Center

26 High Street
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: 203-432-8887

The Native American Cultural Center is currently closed to the public; ONLY current Yale students, faculty, and staff are allowed in the building. For more information please email either Dean Makomenaw or AD Morales.

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