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University of Alaska Fairbanks

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
505 South Chandalar Dr
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
Phone
(907) 474-7034
School Information
"There are places in this world where you are destined to discover who you truly are. Here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as wisdom passes from one generation to the next, revolutionary ideas are thriving and a new academic culture is taking shape. Smarter questions. Better answers. "With undergraduates making up 89 percent of the total student body, UAF is a hotbed of diversity and fresh thinking. Whether you're returning to school to start a new phase of your life or coming in as a recent high school graduate, you'll quickly make new friends with a similar drive to achieve. And, because our backyard is the vast environmental laboratory of Alaska, UAF attracts exceptional individuals — academic superstars and adventure-seekers alike. "With seven campuses across the state, we are home to more than 8,500 students from all over the world — each in pursuit of something extraordinary. Whether you're looking for a greater sense of purpose or a true sense of belonging, the UAF community lives authentically, believing that life is what you make of it, that knowledge is indeed power, and that a natural curiosity about the world around you will always be your best GPS. "Welcome to the University of Alaska Fairbanks — it may feel like you've journeyed far, but in fact, this is where it all begins." The university enrolls over 8,200 students, has a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers 139 degrees. (Source: https://uaf.edu/uaf/about/) (Source: https://uaf.edu/facts/index.php)
General Information
The university has provided ample anti-racism/equity resources to its students, in addition to encouraging them to donate to certain organizations. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • On July 7, 2023, UA issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action which reads in part as follows: "For now, we don’t anticipate the Court’s decision on affirmative action will have a significant impact on admission processes, although UA Leadership is still reviewing the ruling...admission to UA is open to anyone who meets the minimum academic requirements of the university to which one applies, and race is not a factor in whether a student is admitted...Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across the UA System remains a central goal of President Pitney and the Board."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Within Internal Improvement Project 2, the school planned to “have created brave spaces to have critical conversations around issues of racism and identity, power and privilege” for students, staff, and faculty in the development of the Workforce Diversity Plan.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school has a goal of “Fostering Inclusive Pedagogy” by implementing course assessments for DEI.
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school’s Internal Improvement Project 1 was planned to implement mandatory “decolonization and anti-racism” trainings for all executive leaders.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university sponsored a lecture titled "Decentering Whiteness in Antiracism Initiatives," in which they will "discuss the problematic orientation toward whiteness that pervades many antiracism initiatives in academia."
Program and Research Funding
  • Within Internal Improvement Project 3, the school planned to found a “DEI-specific funding source, established a philanthropic campaign for DEI-related efforts and proposed a unit-level DEI contact framework to leadership.”
Resources
  • The university, as part of its resources, referred students to the "White Privilege Resource Guide" and encouraged them to donate to bail funds.
  • The "Share, Learn, Grow" page on the Department of Equity and Compliance 's website is a "resource where you will find books, articles, documentaries, podcasts, conferences, performances, and more on topics related to equity, inclusion, access, and diversity."
  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks has identified that its 6 core values are anti-racism, justice, action, inclusion, equity, and wellness.
  • The school released its Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence which includes Strategic Initiative 3, an initiative which is “intended to secure resources for new and ongoing initiatives and to create new partnerships to further the mission of and communicate about diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion at UAF.”
  • The school’s Strategic Initiative 4 projects that the school will have cultivated “an environment that reflects UAF's inclusive culture and thriving community” with a “holistic, trauma-informed and culturally responsive student-centered success model that intentionally closes equity gaps.”
  • The school has a statement that explains the school’s “Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Decolonization” which states, “Recognizing this context, we seek approaches to teaching and learning that are decolonial, anti-racist, trauma-informed and continuously reexamined.”
  • On January 11, 2024, it was announced in the Alaska Watchman that Retchenda George Bettisworth, a Critical Race Theory expert, will serve as the Chief Diversity Faculty Fellow.
  • On March 31, 2022, the Institute of Arctic Biology’s Toolik Field Station announced its work within the school’s Unlearning Racism in the Geoscience program.
Symbolic Actions
  • The university chancellor promised to unveil its new diversity and inclusion strategic plan.
Last updated May 29th, 2024
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