Nanook Diversity & Action Center

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About the Events:

Poetry Slam
Wednesday, March 22 | 7:30 pm | Arctic Java

Share your poems and listen to other performers! Sign ups start at 7:30 pm and performances begin at 8 pm! ** For performers, please bring 3 original poems ready-to-go. This is part of a poetry slam series, leading up to Mending Masculinity.

LEMONADE Screening & Discussion
Thursday, March 23 | 6pm | Arctic Java

In celebration of Women's History Month, NDAC will be hosting a screening and discussion of LEMONADE. LEMONADE is Beyoncé’s sixth album, described as “a conceptual project based on every woman’s journey of self-knowledge and healing.” It consists of twelve songs with features from artists including Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and James Blake. As with its immediate predecessor, BEYONCÉ (2013), it was released as both a surprise and a visual album; unlike BEYONCÉ, which featured individual music videos for each track, the LEMONADE visual album took the form of an hour-long film. After the viewing, a discussion about the visual album –– from the music, the visual aspects, the symbolism, the social and cultural impact –– will be held. 

Men Explain Things to Me Discussion
Tuesday, March 28 | 5pm | Wood Center Conference Room

NDAC will have a discussion on Rebecca Solnit's "Men Explain Things to Me" for the month of March. In her comic, scathing essay, Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. Eight (8) books are available for pick-up on Friday, March 10th at the NDAC Office. Those with their own copies are welcome to join!

Mending Masculinity
Thursday, March 30 | 7pm | Wood Center Ballroom

Through performance poetry, generative writing workshops, and critical dialogue Perry “Vision” DiVirgillio and Kavindu “Kavi” Ade cultivate a conversation that encompasses all forms of masculinity, the performance of gender, and the inherent toxicity of gendered binaries in a patriarchal world. With poems focusing on gender, sexuality, multicultural identity, race, violence, street harassment, sexual assault, education, homophobia/transphobia, and more, their art aims to task men and masculine of center folks of all journeys to unpack, heal, and create a path to whole masculinities. Collectively the duo has toured over 25 international cities and over 70 colleges and universities performing poetry and teaching workshops on varying identities, community, and artistic expression. Both utilize art in pursuit of social, economic, racial, and gender justice.


Queer Trivia (21+)
Tuesday, April 4 | 8pm | The Pub

We're here. We're queer. And that's right, my dear –– we're hosting Trivia at the Pub! Unravel your inner queer genius, and let loose. Get smart. Slay. All are welcome to participate, only if you're 21 or over. See you there!

We Believe You Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 18 | 1pm | WC Banner Room

More than one in five women and 5 percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. Some survivors are coming forward; others are not. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university―large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so―share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all. Join NDAC and RAC for a book discussion! 

The 2015 United Way Chili Cook Off participants helped NDAC raise $500 for the United Way!
Our Mission

The student-led Nanook Diversity & Action Center (NDAC) promotes a community of inclusion, social justice, and cultural pluralism by providing educational activities in collaboration with student organizations, that honor and support areas of age, gender, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation.

NDAC goals include:

  • Increasing student awareness and appreciation for other identities/cultures.
  • Providing guidance and support to student organizations that want to program cultural events, create diversity initiatives, or provide educational opportunities that encourage cultural pluralism.
  • Providing programs that challenge the use of stereotypes.

    If you are interested in getting involved with NDAC, email for our current meeting time and location.


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Hello! Thanks so much for your interest in submitting artwork for UP/RISE. As you know, March is Women's History Month, and NDAC thought it would be fantastic to highlight the artwork celebrating the strength, the beauty, the artistry, and the tenacity of women.

Here are some information that you would need to know:

  • The UP/RISE Women's Art Show will be held from March 20 to March 31, in the Arctic Java. The reception will be held on that Friday (March 24)
  • We are only currently accepting 2D art –– as there is no space for 3D art at the venue.
  • Submission deadline is Monday, March 13
  • Bring your artwork to the NDAC Office (Wood Center 101L) by March 20.
  • Hanging date is Monday, March 20. (You must be present on Monday, March 20 by 3pm to hang your pieces. NDAC will not hang them for you. Also, artwork must be ready to hang.)
  • Every artist is required to sign a gallery waiver. 

Here is the link for the artwork submission application:


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The Nanook Diversity and Action Center is accepting funding applications for student organizations. Events must be focused on (1) inclusion, (2) education, (3) prevention, and (4) diversity. The applications will be reviewed during NDAC meetings. Provide as much information as possible. Applicants may be asked to further clarify certain information and/or present to the board. Apply now! (The application can be found by signing on to OrgSync. Click here to access the application.)


Alcohol and Drug Help

Turning Point Counseling Services
315 5th Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Tanana Chiefs Conference
Behavioral Health
122 1st Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Fairbanks Native Association
Ralph Perdue Center
3100 South Cushman Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701

Women’s and Children’s Center for Inner Healing
1027 Evergreen Street
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Hope Counseling Center
926 Aspen Street
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Crisis Helplines

National Gay and Lesbian Crisis Line
800-SOS-GAYS (24 hours)

The Trevor Project (national)
866-4-u-trevor (866-488-7386)
24 hour hotline for LGBTQ youth

Careline Crisis Intervention
Crisis Line 24 hours
(907) 452-HELP (4357)
1-877-266-HELP (4357)


Interior AIDS Association
710 Third Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99707
(907) 452-4222
(907) 452-8176 (fax)

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence

Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living
726 26th Ave Ste 1
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(800) 478-7273 / (907) 452-7273 (crisis line)
(907) 452-2293 (office)
Domestic violence & sexual assault advocacy

Stevie’s Place
726 26th Avenue Ste 2
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-2866 Phone
(907) 451-8125 Facsimile
Child advocacy

Suicide Prevention

Arctic Resource Center for Suicide Prevention (ARCSP)
816 28th Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 987-6829

Churches, etc.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks
4448 Pikes Landing Road
Fairbanks, AK 99709
(907) 451-8838

Fairbanks Lutheran Church
1012 Cowles Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 452-3425

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