The Drumbeats Alaska Consortium was developed with support from the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program (ANNH) to implement the SANS and ISS projects. These diverse projects promote educational equity that strengthen and sustain the development of Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan communities. Objectives are as follows:
1) Enhance capacity for local food and energy security.
2) Increase access to innovative place-based programs in the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human (FANH) Sciences.
3) Advance leadership in resource stewardship and civics.
Drumbeats Alaska uses culturally-appropriate methods of instruction and outreach; seeks to engage communities at multiple levels; promotes scientific inquiry through hands-on learning experiences; and provides increased access to education and career pathways otherwise not available to residents in remote areas of Alaska.
The Drumbeats Alaska Consortium is comprised of academic programs from five Alaska Native-Serving Institution campuses within UAF College of Rural and Community Development:
- Environmental Studies (ENVI) - Bristol Bay Campus - Dillingham
- Ethnobotany (EBOT) - Kuskokwim Campus - Bethel
- High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) - Northwest Campus - Nome
- Tribal Stewardship (TS) - Interior Alaska Campus - Fairbanks
- Food Security & Sovereignty (FSS) Project - Chukchi Campus - Kotzebue
Photo: Todd Radenbaugh - BBC ENVI students measuring sockeye salmon in local stream at Summer Science Camp 2016 in Dillingham, AK.
This work is supported by Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program [grant no. 2020-38426-32342/project accession no. 1023459] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.