Nora Pulskamp
Management Services Officer, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program

Campbell Hall 3217
Ph. (310) 825-6541
eMail: Nora.Pulskamp@amindian.ucla.edu

Biographical Information

Nóra Pulskamp is a member of the Navajo nation. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she retains strong ties to her family on the Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona.

Since childhood, Nóra was immersed in the Southern California Native American community through her participation in the Southern California Indian Center, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Indian Education program, and as a dancer at local pow wows.

Nóra attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was heavily involved in the American Indian Student Association (AISA) and served two years as its pow wow director. While attending UCLA she worked for Retention of American Indians Now (RAIN) which sparked her interest in a career in higher education. She also volunteered with the Alliance Against Racial Mascots to lobby against the use of Native mascots in public institutions. In 2003 Nóra was honored with the Women of Change award in recognition of her work in the Native community and graduated from UCLA with her bachelor's in psychology.

Nóra returned to UCLA in 2005 to serve four years as the director of the American Indian Recruitment project. She went on to work as a tribal partnership specialist for the United States Census Bureau, where she played a key role in strengthening relationships in the Los Angeles Native community. In 2012 Nóra began working for the University of Redlands as the first Supporting the Educational Journey Coordinator for Native Student Programs.

In 2010, Nóra was honored as UCLA's Native Woman of the Year and, in 2011, was chosen to serve a yearlong term as Ms. UCLA Pow Wow and as an ambassador for UCLA's Native students. She is a founding member of the Furthering Indian Rights in Education (FIRE) committee, which advocates on behalf of the Native community. Nóra has also been an active member of UCLA’s American Indian Alumni Association where she is currently serving as Vice President and played a key role in the creation of the Crystal Roberts Memorial Scholarship.

In July of 2017, Nóra completed her masters in higher education where she is graduating with honors and has been selected as the recipient for the Alpha Delta Kappa Outstanding Student Award.