About Diné College

General Information

Diné College

  • Diné College is the first tribally controlled and accredited collegiate institution in the United States. Established in 1968 as Navajo Community College, it was later renamed Diné College. The Navajo Nation sought to create an institution of higher education that encouraged Navajo youth to become contributing members of the Navajo Nation and the world.
  • Under the direction of an eight-member Board of Regents, appointed by the Navajo Nation President and confirmed by the Health Education and Human Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Council, the College continues its goals for student success.
  • Today, Diné College serves a predominantly Navajo student population across the 26,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation that spans across the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The College offers General Education courses that provide students with a high-quality experience while earning various Certificate as well as Associate and Bachelor degree programs in the areas important to the economic, political, environmental, and social development of the Navajo Nation.

Mission Statement

  • Rooted in Diné language and culture, our mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of the Diné People.

Vision Statement

  • Our vision is to improve continuously our programs and services to make Diné College the exemplary higher education institution for the Diné People.

Strategic Goals (2017-2021)

  1. Diné Identity – Advance the institution’s Diné identity.
  2. a. Increase use and application of language, history and culture campus-wide.
    b. Incorporate and strengthen Diné teachings in current and future programs.
    c. Build cultural relevance into academic and student support programs.
  3. Student Success – Promote student success and development.
  4. a. Increase cross-institutional dialogues to promote student success.
    b. Expand student opportunities for career readiness.
    c. Expand student opportunities for leadership development.
  5. Financial Health – Strengthen financial health and self-reliance.
  6. a. Increase funding sources to support institutional growth.
    b. Optimize the College’s financial systems.
    c. Streamline institutional compliance.
  7. Institutional Transformation – Promote effective communication and accountability.
  8. a. Demonstrate institutional transparency in planning and initiatives.
    b. Develop communication policies and guidelines for the institution.
    c. Target professional development opportunities to increase performance.
  9. Technology – Expand effectiveness and efficiency using technology.
  10. a. Enhance the internal technology infrastructure of the College community.
    b. Advance IT policies to meet the evolving needs of the institution.
    c. Improve information technology to enhance student learning experiences.
  11. Nation Building – Cultivate Diné Nation building.
  12. a. Building congruent educational programs to meet the needs and aspirations of the Navajo Nation.
    b. Assist Navajo Nation in becoming better positioned economically.
    c. Align programs with sustainable employment opportunities for graduates.

College Principles

  • Our educational principles are based on Sa’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón, the Diné traditional living system, which places human life in harmony with the natural world and universe. The system provides for protection from the imperfections in life and for the development of well-being. The principles are four-fold:
    • Nitsáhákees. Thinking. Baa nitsídzíkees. Apply the techniques of reasoning. Analyze alternative solutions through the use of the principles of logic and creativity.
    • Nahat’á. Planning. Nahat’á anitsíkees bee yáti’ dóó ííshjání óolzin. Develop and demonstrate communication skills. Nahat’á nahaaldeel. Demonstrate systematic organization skills.
    • Iiná. Implementation. T’áá hó ájít’éego hozhoogo oodáál. Demonstrate self-direction based on personal values consistent with the moral standards of society. T’áá hó ájít’éego hózhóogo oodáál. Demonstrate quality, participation, work, and materials.
    • Siihasin. Reflection and assurance. Siihasingo oodáál. Demonstrate competency. Siihasin nahaaldeel. Demonstrate confidence.

College Values

  • Our employees and students will adhere to the following values to achieve the mission and purposes of the College
    • T’áá hó ájít’éego. Excellence and self-initiative in problem-solving, compassion, setting clear goals, and establishing positive working relationships.
    • Ahil na’anish. Cooperating and helping one another, keeping all employees well informed, using proper language for communication, respecting one another on equal terms, and honoring K'é.
    • Il ídlí Respecting the cultural, racial, and gender diversity of the Diné People, maintaining safe, courteous, respectful, and positive learning environments, and valuing inclusiveness.
    • Il ééhózin. Understanding, thoughtfulness, competence, confidence, conscientiousness, and reflectivity for serving the needs of the Diné People.


  • Diné College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411, (800) 621-7440, www.hlcommission.org.

One College, Multiple Sites

  • Tsééhílí, the “place where the stream flows into the canyon,” is also known as Tsaile, Arizona, the location of the main campus. In addition to the main campus, there is a branch campus in Shiprock, New Mexico, and four regional sites located in Arizona and New Mexico. The Arizona locations are in Tsaile, Window Rock, Chinle, and Tuba City. The New Mexico locations are in Shiprock and Crownpoint.
  • All locations offer General Education courses and programs to support post-secondary learning and to prepare students for further study or future employment.

Diné College Campuses/Centers

    List of locations with contact information:
    Tsaile Main Campus
    1 Circle Dr. Route 12, Tsaile, AZ 86556
    Ph: (928) 724-6600
    Cashier/Payments: ext. 6684
    Shiprock Branch Campus
    1228 Yucca Street
    PO Box 580, Shiprock, NM 87420
    Ph: (505) 368-3500
    Payments: ext. 3528
    The Shiprock Branch has two locations: north (behind Northern Navajo Medical Center) and south (located east of Shiprock High School).
    Chinle Center
    Hwy. 191 – Hospital Drive
    PO Box 1997, Chinle, AZ 86503
    Ph: (928) 674-3319
    Fx: (928) 674-8488
    Payments: ext. 7104
    The Chinle Center is located across from the Chinle Health Care Facility (hospital).
    Crownpoint Center
    Junction New Mexico 371
    West Navajo Route 9
    PO Box 57, Crownpoint, NM 87313
    Ph: (505) 786-7391
    Fx: (505) 786-5240
    Payments: ext. 7204
    The Crownpoint Center is located 0.4 miles south of Bashas.
    Tuba City Center
    600 Edgewater Drive
    PO Box 1716, Tuba City, AZ 86045
    Ph: (928) 283-5113
    Payments: ext. 7504
    The Tuba City Center is located next to the Tuba City Dialysis Center.
    Window Rock Center
    Tribal Hill Dr.
    PO Box 1924, Window Rock, AZ 86515
    Ph: (928) 871-2230
    Fx: (928) 871-2395
    Payments: ext. 7604
    The Window Rock Center is located north of the Navajo Nation Education Building.



Dr. Charles "Monty" Roessel
(928) 724-6670


Dr. Geraldine Garrity
(928) 724-6814

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Bo Lewis
(928) 724-6677

Vice President of Student Success

Glennita Haskey
(928) 724-6860

Vice President of External Affairs

Marie Etsitty Nez
(928) 724-6985

Construction Projects Director

Delbert Paquin
(505) 368-3538