D-Q University was California’s only tribal college, founded in 1971, to provide quality education, community involvement, and learning opportunities for all Native Americans in California. The University experienced multiple challenges which ultimately led to a loss of accreditation in 2005. Without accreditation the University was unable to sustain funding for classes and the campus was left vacant for a time. Unfortunately, since then the campus has also been plagued with incidents of vandalism, theft, and destruction of property. The facilities fell into further disrepair due to the age of the buildings, lack of upkeep and resources, and weather.
The positive outlook for the University is that progress has been made in recent years by Board of Trustee members, volunteers, and community supporters to repair and clean up parts of the facilities and land. The buildings that need major repairs also have significant space in good condition and full of potential! This includes the library that appears almost untouched and is full of books, a nice science lab, computer lab, and mechanic shop, to name a few. The campus has two large dorms as well as numerous large meeting rooms and many classrooms. The campus facilities also have beautiful murals and artwork everywhere, inside and outside of the buildings. A lot of the equipment and supplies are still usable, as well as a treasury of records about the University’s long history. And while the University is not yet re-accredited, it does maintain its 501(c)3 nonprofit status in good standing. Various gatherings, meetings, and an annual pow wow are held at the campus throughout the year.
On August 11, 2012, the University Board of Trustees signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Inter-Tribal Council of California, Inc. (ITCC) (http://www.itccinc.org/) for the purposes of strengthening the administrative capacity of the University as well as planning and development working towards an accredited education program. With ITCC’s strong history and experience with tribal programs, grants, and nonprofit governance, this partnership is helping to move D-Q one step closer towards re-opening.
While it is very easy to find many articles on the internet about the various challenges the University has experienced over the years and many discussions even now sometimes focus on these aspects, members of the Board of Trustees, supporters of the University (many of them alumni), and other allies are committed to seeking the positive changes necessary to re-open the University and seek re-accreditation. The road ahead is long but with community support, success is certain. Please visit the “Support DQ” link to learn how you can help, and like our facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest news and progress.