Committees & collaboratives

2019-2020

Meeting frequency:

  • Monthly

Objective:

This committee's goal is to promote an environment:

  • where the diverse nature of all people is acknowledged.
  • where diversity is valued and celebrated as a strength.
  • where achieving equity and a culture of respect, diversity and inclusivity is expected.

Chair:

  • Margo Griffith, Director, Equity & Compliance

2019-2020 members:

  • Jessica Allard, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources
  • Donna Anger, Director, International Programs & Initiatives
  • Amber Cagwin, Director, Disability Services
  • Richard Collins, Associate Director, Geophysical Institute
  • Amy Cross, Diversity & Prevention Coordinator, Nanook Diversity & Action Center
  • Lori Gildehaus, Lead Research Advising & Mentoring Professional, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Kelly Gitter, Manager, OIT Video Conferencing Services
  • Ronnie Houchin, Advisor & Office Manager, Associated Students of the University of Alaska
  • Ali Knabe, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Rosemary Madnick, Director, Grants & Contracts Administration
  • Casey McMillan, Student
  • Jen Peterson, Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts (psychology)
  • Arleigh Reynolds, Associate Professor, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Director, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Jonathan Shambare, University Architect & Planner, Design & Construction
  • Ivan Solis Cruz, Resident Director & Student Conduct Administrator, Residence Life

Community members:

  • Doug Toelle, Advocacy Director, Access Alaska; Member, Fairbanks Diversity Council
  • Jeff Walters, Vice Chair, Fairbanks Diversity Council

Meeting frequency:

  • Monthly

Objective:

Develop, promote and maintain accessible practices to increase inclusivity, advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities, assist with monitoring these efforts, and provide advice to the ADA/504 coordinator.

Chair:

  • Margo Griffith, ADA/504 Coordinator, Equity & Compliance

Members:

  • TBD

Meeting frequency:

  • Monthly

Objective:

Receive updates; discuss current processes, prevention and education programming; and provide guidance and feedback to the Title IX coordinator. Members are from Residence Life, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities, Human Resources, Athletics, Student Health and Counseling, UAF Police Department, Nanook Diversity and Action Center, governance groups (student, faculty and staff), and the UAF Resource and Advocacy Center.  In addition to those from the Fairbanks campus, members come from the Community and Technical College and the Interior Alaska, Kuskokwim, Bristol Bay, Chukchi and Northwest campuses.

Chair:

  • Margo Griffith, Title IX Coordinator, Equity & Compliance

Meeting frequency:

  • Semestral

Objective:

Through intentional collaboration, shared resources and ongoing program assessment, this collaborative seeks to enrich university programming in order to promote a diverse and inclusive community.

Chair:

  • Margo Griffith, Director, Equity & Compliance

2019-2020 members:

  • Donna Anger, Director, International Programs & Initiatives
  • Bernard Aoto, President, Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Shelly Baumann, Director, Graduate School
  • Nathan Belz, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering & Mines
  • Amy Bristor, Associate Director of Admissions, Admissions & Registrar
  • Carla Browning, Communications & Institutional Events Manager, University Relations
  • Amber Cagwin, Director, Disability Services
  • Kiana Carr, Marriage & Family Therapist, Student Health & Counseling
  • Adam Chisom, Program Administrator, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Lori Gildehaus, Lead Research Advising & Mentoring Professional, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Kelly Gitter, Manager, OIT Video Conferencing Services
  • Karina Gonzales-Smith, Faculty Services Coordinator, eCampus & Distance Education
  • Owen Guthrie, Executive Director, UAF eCampus
  • Ronnie Houchin, Advisor & Office Manager, Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Ali Knabe, Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Paige LaPoint, Student Organizations Coordinator, Student Leadership & Involvement
  • Mary Beth Leigh, Associate Professor, Biology & Wildlife (CNSM)
  • Madara Mason, Faculty Development Coordinator, eCampus & Distance Education
  • Casey McMillan, Student
  • Minnie Naylor, Advisor, Rural Student Services
  • Mark Oldmixon, Director, Nanook Recreation
  • Bekah Olson, Career & Academic Advisor, UAF Career Services
  • Molly Parker, Assistant Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services/SWA, Athletics
  • Katrina Rast, Counselor, Student Health & Counseling
  • Arleigh Reynolds, Associate Professor, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Director, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Jessica Rhoads, Interim Executive Director, Center for Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Cody Rogers, Director, Wood Center
  • Stacey Schmitt, Associate Director for Counseling Services, Student Health & Counseling
  • Jonathan Shambare, University Architect & Planner, Design & Construction
  • Heidi Shepard, Associate Director, Student Leadership & Involvement
  • Victoria Smith, Director, Student Support Services
  • Sarah Stanley, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Director, Composition
  • Jennifer Tilbury, Associate Professor, Community & Technical College
  • Sean Topkok, Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • UAF Advocate Representative
  • Brittany Van Eck, Acting Associate Director, Residence Life
  • Kaydee Van Flein, Associate Director & Chief Student Conduct Officer, Center for Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Robert Wighs, Transition Programs Coordinator, Admissions & Registrar
  • Michael Zangl, Area Coordinator, Residence Life

Objective:

This team is a formal working committee whose overarching strategy is to provide leadership and momentum around implementing educational opportunities, policies and programs that will further racial equity within UAF. The focus is on reducing and eventually eliminating racial disproportionality. This group is led and sponsored by BLaST.

Chair:

  • Arleigh Reynolds, Associate Professor, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Director, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)

2019-2020 members:

  • Keith Champagne, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Ellen Chenoweth, Research Advising & Mentoring Professional, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Adam Chisom, Program Administrator, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Lori Gildehaus, Lead Research Advising & Mentoring Professional, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Margo Griffith, Director, Equity & Compliance
  • Ellen Lopez, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Student Training Core Faculty, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Natalia Podlutskaya, Research Advising & Mentoring Professional, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Emily Sousa, Research Advising & Mentoring Professional, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Amy Topkok, Reporting & Outreach Coordinator, Biomedical Learning & Student Training (BLaST)
  • Sean Topkok, Assistant Professor, School of Education

Objective:

Formed in January 2009, the UAF Safety Coordination Committee provides a forum to discuss and coordinate university efforts to provide a safe, compliant workplace and serves as an advisory committee to the chancellor. The committee's primary task is to assist in the development, implementation and refinement of programs, policies and procedures that will enhance a safe working environment, and promote compliance with regard to applicable university, local, state and federal regulations. More detail on this committee can be located on the Administrative Services website.

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Native Education provides advocacy for the Alaska Native body at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The committee offers guidance and advice to the chancellor on Native issues and in the planning, monitoring and improvement of educational opportunities at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for Alaska Native students. More information about this group can be found on the chancellor's website.

Objective:

The IDEA Task Force was tasked with making recommendations to the chancellor on strategies and actions to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible community that will systematically foster an open and supportive learning, teaching and working environment for all. This task force completed their work in March 2020. For the full report, go to the IDEA Task Force page on the chancellor's website.

Chair:

  • Keith Champagne, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Sine Anahita, Associate Professor, Sociology

Members:

  • Diane Benson, Assistant Professor, Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development
  • Bob Bolton, Research Assistant Professor, International Arctic Research Center
  • Ronnie Houchin, Advisor & Office Manager, Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Daisy Huang, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering & Mines
  • Montean Jackson, Vice President, African American Student Leadership Conference
  • Kathleen Meckel, Assistant Professor, Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development
  • Carrie Santoror, Fiscal Officer, Interior Alaska Campus
  • Geri Simon, Senior Vice President, Doyon, Limited
  • Brie Van Dam, Environmental Data Center Manager, Institute of Arctic Biology
  • Jessie Young-Robertson, Research Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station