èƵ Native Success Initiative

 

RAHI students in science lab


Goal

The University strives to better represent the èƵ population, for all to feel they belong, and for the change to be visible and recognized. 

The University of èƵ System, guided by the Board of Regents, is committed to:

  1. Improving the participation and success of èƵ Natives through educational achievement statewide, and
  2. Improving èƵ Native representation and success throughout the University of èƵ system.

Understanding that the èƵ is also underrepresented in other minority groups, the work from this process will inform efforts to increase diversity and success throughout the èƵ’s programs and operations. 


 Structure

A steering committee of leaders representing the University of èƵ Board of Regents, chancellors, and èƵ Native corporations, tribal entities, and organizations will help guide the process. The steering committee will serve in an advisory role to the èƵ president.  

University based action teams led by their respective chancellor or designee will conduct a baseline evaluation of the climate for èƵ Native students, faculty and staff at each èƵ. This evaluation will include both qualitative and quantitative data related to programs, recruitment, retention and academic success. 

Several members of the steering committee are members of the èƵ action teams; this is by design to ensure alignment and communication across the working groups.


 Process

After the action teams develop the baseline evaluation of each universities’ current program offerings and data on the recruitment, retention and success of èƵ Native faculty, students and staff, the steering committee and action teams will develop an overarching five-year plan with specific system-wide and èƵ-based goals and targets.  Additionally, the process is expected to yield recommendations for policy and regulations changes.  

 Concurrently and independently, it is anticipated that the ANCSA Education Consortium will compile information on programs focused on increasing education attainment by èƵ Natives. Representatives involved in this effort will be invited to participate in developing the UA System five-year plan.


 Steering Committee

  • Jennifer Booz, Chief Diversity Officer*
  • Ronalda Cadiente Brown, Associate Vice Chancellor for èƵ Native Programs*
  • Sheri Buretta, Interim President and CEO, Chugach èƵ Corporation; UA Board of Regents Chair
  • Karen Carey, UAS Chancellor
  • Emily Edenshaw, President & CEO, èƵ Native Heritage Center
  • Liz Medicine Crow, President and CEO, First èƵns Institute
  • Joe Nelson, Board Chair, Sealaska
  • Tabetha Toloff, CAO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Richard Peterson, President, Central Council, Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of èƵ
  • Pat Pitney, Interim UA President
  • Sean Parnell, UAA Chancellor
  • Geri Simon, Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Charlene Stern, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education*
  • Daniel White, UAF Chancellor
  • Michele Yatchmeneff, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and ANSEP Assistant Director*

University of èƵ Anchorage

  • Jennifer Booz, Chief Diversity Officer*
  • Eric Carlson, Associate Professor of Library Science
  • Sara Childress, Director of the Office of Equity and Compliance
  • Emily Edenshaw, President & CEO, èƵ Native Heritage Center, community member
  • Annmarie Iya, Undergraduate student, Native Student Council club president
  • Agatha John-Shields, PhD, Term faculty, School of Education
  • Claudia Lampman, Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Benjamin Morton, Dean of Students
  • Joe Nelson, Board Chair, Sealaska, community member
  • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, UAA Chair of èƵ Native Studies
  • Christina Stuive, Associate Professor of Counseling, Kenai Peninsula College
  • Aleesha Town-Bain, BBNC Education Foundation executive director, community member
  • Jessica Saniguq Ullrich, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
  • Michael Ulroan, ANSEP Senior Director of Acceleration Components
  • Maria Shaa tlaa Williams, PhD, Professor, èƵ Native Studies
  • Michele Yatchmeneff, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and ANSEP Assistant Director*
  • Rebecca Young, Clinical-Community Psychology PhD student, 2019 cohort

University of èƵ Fairbanks

  • Barb Amarok, Director, Northwest Campus
  • Jessica Black, Assistant Professor of èƵ Native Studies and Rural Development
  • Courtney Carothers, Professor, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
  • Keith Champagne, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • Dr. Reverend Anna Frank, Fairbanks Native Association board member
  • Owen Guthrie, Director of eCampus
  • Carlton Huatala, Rural Student Admissions Counselor
  • Margaret Rudolf, PhD student, Arctic & Northern Studies
  • Gabrielle Russell, Manager, Indigenous Student Services
  • Geri Simon, Tanana Chiefs Conference
  • Charlene Stern, Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education*
  • Sean Asiqłuq Topkok, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts Center for Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Brooke Woods, student, Fisheries & Ocean Sciences

University of èƵ Southeast

  • Louise Brady, Title III, Sitka
  • Gloria Burns, President, Ketchikan Indian Community
  • Ronalda Cadiente Brown, Associate Vice Chancellor for èƵ Native Programs*
  • Dionne Cadiente-Blattner, Tribal Education Programs Director, Douglas Indian Association
  • Dannielle Carlson, Rural Admissions Counselor
  • Lauryn Framke, UAS student
  • Joe Hillaire, Nang Sk’at’aas, UAS student
  • Mischa Jackson, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education
  • Joe Nelson, Sealaska Board Chair
  • Sarah Peele, UAS student
  • Richard Peterson, President, Central Council, Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of èƵ
  • Lance Twitchell, Associate Professor of èƵ Native Languages

* Lead facilitators for campus action teams will serve as ex officio members of the steering committee.

Initiative staff

  • Andrew Aquino, Project Coordinator, President’s Office
  • Kerynn Fisher, Special Assistant to the President
  • Roberta Graham, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
  • Paul Layer, Vice President for Academics, Students and Research
  • Michelle Rizk, Vice President for University Relations

Baseline Reports

In accordance with the November 2020 Board of Regents resolution*, these reports present baseline data and identify barriers and opportunities for èƵ Native students, staff and faculty recruitment and retention. Understanding each èƵ has unique needs and resources, èƵ-based action teams conducted a baseline evaluation of the climate for their respective èƵ.

UA Baseline Report and Preliminary Initiatives

The Board of Regents establishes understanding and addressing racial justice issues as a board priority. As a first step, the board authorizes and directs the èƵ president to take the necessary actions to collect data; study and understand the èƵ climate and programming; and identify the barriers, challenges and opportunities to improve participation and outcomes for èƵ Native and Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, in particular to address diminished èƵ Native and Indigenous student and faculty recruitment, selection, retention, development, and advancement over past academic years. The president will report her findings back to the board in June 2021. This motion is effective November 6, 2020.

Timeline 2021

Mid-January 2021:
Kick-off meeting

  • Participants: steering committee, action teams, èƵ diversity and equity staff, and representatives from the èƵ Native Studies Council, Racial Justice for UA and ANCSA Education Consortium. 
  • Purpose: Clarify and/or modify the qualitative and quantitative data for the baseline evaluation and refine expected outcomes of the process through development of the five-year plan. 

February and March:
University Action Team Meetings

  • Participants: èƵ action teams
  • Purpose: èƵ action teams will meet independently to collect and analyze data and begin to develop recommendations for their èƵ and for the system

February and March:
Steering Committee meetings

  • Participants: steering committee members, initiative staff
  • Purpose: updates on èƵ action teams, evaluate process and address specific issues

April and May:
University Baseline Evaluation Report Out and Plan Kick-off

  • Participants: Steering committee, action teams, èƵ diversity and equity staff, and representatives from the èƵ Native Studies Council, Racial Justice for UA and ANCSA Education Consortium.
  • Purpose: Each action team provides a summary of the baseline evaluation.  

May-June:
Review the draft five-year plan

  • Participants: Steering committee, action teams, èƵ diversity and equity staff, and representatives from the èƵ Native Studies Council, Racial Justice for UA and ANCSA Education Consortium
  • Purpose: provide input on baseline.

Early-June:
Board of Regents Meeting

  • Participants: President, Chancellors, Board, Steering Committee 
  • Purpose: provide the baseline evaluation per BOR motion.  

September:
Board of Regents Meeting

  • Participants: President, Chancellors, Board, Steering Committee 
  • Purpose: Provide board with update on draft five-year plan.

October:
Update to èƵ Federation of Natives

  • Participants: President, Chancellors, Board Chair 

November:
Board of Regents Meeting

  • Participants: President, Chancellors, Board, Steering Committee
  • Purpose: Present final five-year strategic plan.