Kelly FayardPh.D., Assistant Dean, Yale College, is the Director of the Native American Cultural Center.

Dean Fayard is a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama. She double majored in anthropology and religion at Duke University and went on to earn her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Yale, Dean Fayard taught anthropology for several years at Bowdoin College. 


Kapiʻolani Alyce Laronal, M.A., Ed. is the Assistant Director of the Native American Cultural Center.

Assistant Director Laronal is Haida (Eagle), Tsimpsian (Killerwhale) and Native Hawaiian. Her undergraduate degree is the field of Sociology from the University of Washington, Seattle. She has a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has worked for over 15 years in Higher Education. Her former positions were held at Dartmouth College, Northwest Indian College, Muckleshoot and Nisqually Tribes and Kamehameha Schools. 

A Message from Our Assistant Director

I am honored to be on the land of the Quinnipiac people and I am excited at the opportunity to be able to get to know and work with the NACC students, community partners and allies across the Yale campus. Over the course of my career in the world of Student Affairs I have served a variety of Indigenous students from places that range from tribal colleges to language immersion schools to top tier universities. Through my experiences living and working with Native people, I have come to understand the ways that we develop and maintain our connections, as a People.

First, upon introducing ourselves we identify our lands or the region we are from. Aloha e, ‘o Kapi`olani Alyce Laronal ko’u inoa. No Hawai’i a Haida Gwaii Eagle mai au. Second, we tell others who our grandparents are. I am the granddaughter of Alyce & Julian Obrero Argel, as well as, Betty Ann Leilani and William Pila Laronal. Across Turtle Island, to the far corners of the four directions this is the way that we introduce ourselves, it is the way that our grandparents and parents have always stayed connected with the present, past and future. As such, here at Yale, we can continue to carry on this tradition of connection, community and relationship building.

It is my hope, that through the inevitable growing joys and pains of our community, we remember who we are and never forget where we come from. It is also my hope that at every gathering, celebration, organizing meeting and planning space we can understand all that we do and all that we are here for in this way.