Share, Learn, Grow

Share, Learn, Grow is a resource where you will find books, articles, documentaries, podcasts, conferences, performances, and more on topics related to equity, inclusion, access, and diversity.

This archive will continue to grow and get richer as you, students, faculty, and staff at UAF share resources that have opened your eyes and inspired you.

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Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Derald Wing Sue
"This book insightfully looks at the various kinds of microaggressions and their psychological effects on both perpetrators and their targets."
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Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care

Augustus A. White III with David Chanoff
"Growing up in Jim Crow–era Tennessee and training and teaching in overwhelmingly white medical institutions, Gus White witnessed firsthand how prejudice works in the world of medicine. While race relations have changed dramatically since then, old ways of thinking die hard. In this blend of memoir and manifesto, Dr. White draws on his experience as a resident at Stanford Medical School, a combat surgeon in Vietnam, and head orthopedic surgeon at one of Harvard’s top teaching hospitals to make sense of the unconscious bias that riddles medical care, and to explore how we can do better in a diverse twenty-first-century America."
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Black History in the Last Frontier

By Ian Hartman with a foreword by Ed Wesley

"The book illuminates historical records and oral histories of African Americans who have worked and lived in Alaska for over 150 years – hunting for whales, patrolling the seas, building roads, serving in the military, opening businesses, winning political office, and forging communities."

This book is free to download as a PDF!

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On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life

By Sara Ahmed

"What does diversity do? What are we doing when we use the language of diversity? Sara Ahmed offers an account of the diversity world based on interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own experience of doing diversity work. Diversity is an ordinary, even unremarkable, feature of institutional life. Yet diversity practitioners often experience institutions as resistant to their work, as captured through their use of the metaphor of the "brick wall." On Being Included offers an explanation of this apparent paradox. It explores the gap between symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody diversity. Commitments to diversity are understood as "non-performatives" that do not bring about what they name. The book provides an account of institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity. Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. On Being Included offers a critique of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of institutions in attempting to transform them."

Recommended by Maureen Hogan.

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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

"Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States told from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire."
Recommended by Evon Peter in his June 19, 2020 Friday Focus.

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So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo

"Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans–has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair–and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life."
Recommended by Evon Peter in his June 19, 2020 Friday Focus.

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Chokehold: Policing Black Men

By Paul Butler
"Cops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men. The result is the Chokehold: laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug. In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it’s supposed to. Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread—all with the support of judges and politicians."
Recommended by anonymous.
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander
"Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America."
Recommended by anonymous.
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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

By Ibram X. Kendi
"In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America."
Recommended by anonymous.
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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

By Richard Rothstein
"In The Color of Law (published by Liveright in May 2017), Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels."
Recommended by anonymous.
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How To Be An Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi
"Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society."
Recommended by anonymous.
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Fighter in Velvet Gloves

By Annie Boochever
"'No Natives Allowed!' The sign blared at the young Tlingit girl from southeast Alaska. The sting of those words stayed with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. They also made her determined to work for change. In 1945, when Elizabeth was 34 years old, she gave a powerful speech before a packed session of the Alaska Territorial Legislature. Her testimony about the evils of racism crowned years of work by Alaska Native People and their allies and led to passage of Alaska's landmark Anti-Discrimination Act, nearly two decades before President Lyndon Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act of 1964."

Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir

By Ernestine Hayes
"Told in eloquent layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this enchanting memoir traces the author’s life from her difficult childhood growing up in the Tlingit community, through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually to her return home. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters a unique sense of alienation from both her Native community and the dominant culture. We witness her struggles alongside other Tlingit men and women—many of whom never left their Native community but wrestle with their own challenges, including unemployment, prejudice, alcoholism, and poverty."
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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

By Robin DiAngelo
"White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This book explicates the dynamics of White Fragility and how we might build our capacity in the on-going work towards racial justice."
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

By Rebecca Skloot
"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance."
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Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

By Debbie Irving
"My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance. As I unpack my own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, I reveal how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated my ill-conceived ideas about race. I also explain why and how I’ve changed the way I talk about racism, work in racially mixed groups, and understand the racial justice movement as a whole."

Thank You for Your Service

By  David Finkel
In his book Thank You For Your Service, David Finkel follows the challenges that face soldiers and their families once they return home from overseas deployments. The author focuses on those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, the invisible wounds of war.
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The History of White People in America

"The History of White People in America is a series of 16 animated, musical shorts that reveal the history of race in America — from the 17th century to the 21st.
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Racial Equity & Justice in Southeast Alaska 2020 Speaker Series

University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus
"Six recorded sessions from the Racial Equity and Justice in Southeast Alaska Speaker Series 2020. This presentation is sponsored by the UAS Sitka Campus Title III Grant in partnership with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services Department, SEARHC, the Sitka STEPS Grant, the Sitka Health Summit and Pathways Coalitions."
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Picture a Scientist

"Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all."
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Aleut Story

"In the turbulence of war, in a place where survival was just short of miraculous, the Aleuts of Alaska would redefine themselves -- and America. From indentured servitude and isolated internment camps, to Congress and the White House, this is the incredible story of the Aleuts' decades-long struggle for human and civil rights. Narrated by Martin Sheen and original music score by Composer Alan Koshiyama, the program draws compelling parallels to the present, as our country grapples with the challenging question of the balance between civil liberties and national security."

Recommended by anonymous.
Avaliable for free through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

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For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

"The story of an extraordinary Alaskan woman who becomes an unlikely hero in the fight for civil rights. Elizabeth Peratrovich, an unassuming Tlingit Indian mother of three, testified before the Alaska Territorial Senate in 1945 and swayed the floor vote with her compelling testimony in favor of the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the first civil rights bill passed in the United States since the Civil War."

Recommended by anonymous.
Avaliable for free through the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

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Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

"In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and institutionalization. Camp Jened, a ramshackle camp “for the handicapped” (a term no longer used) in the Catskills, exploded those confines. Jened was their freewheeling Utopia, a place with summertime sports, smoking and make-out sessions awaiting everyone, and campers experienced liberation and full inclusion as human beings. Their bonds endured as many migrated West to Berkeley, California — a hotbed of activism where friends from Camp Jened realized that disruption, civil disobedience, and political participation could change the future for millions."

Avaliable on Netflix.

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Just Mercy

“Just Mercy is based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the main testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings, as well as overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them."

Recommended by Carla Browning.

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How Traditional Tattoos are Connecting People to their Inuit Identities

Indie Alaska
"Holly Nordlum and Sarah Whalen-Lunn are Traditional Inuit Handpoke and Skin Stitch Artists. They are working to revive the Inuit tradition and create a space for connection and healing within their Inuit community. INDIE ALASKA is an original video series produced by Alaska Public Media in partnership with PBS Digital Studios. The videos capture the diverse and colorful lifestyles of everyday Alaskans at work and at play. Together, these stories present a fresh and authentic look at living in Alaska."
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Project Chariot

In the late 1950s early 1960s, the US government proposed using nuclear explosions to form a harbor near Point Hope, Alaska. Although the harbor was never created due to the tireless work of Point Hope residents, conservationists, and allies, damage had already been done. Project Chariot explores the consequences of this endevor and the aftermath of nuclear testing/contamination through the eyes of the people who it continues to affect.
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They've Gotta Have Us

"The rise of black actors as they have gone from being the backdrop to calling the shots. This is the inside story of the turning points of black life on both sides of the lens, from Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, to the present day."
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The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails."
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Indian Horse

"In late 1950s Ontario, eight-year old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway (Anishnaabe) family and committed to one of Canada’s notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastime — hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself to play, developing a unique and rare skill. Forced to confront his painful past, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to begin the process of healing."
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Hidden Figures

"A new book and movie document the accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battles."
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The Seventies: Season 1, Episode 6, "Battle of the Sexes"

"Equal rights and the battle of the sexes take center stage as a generation of women demand freedom from second-class citizenship."
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The Freedom to Marry

"An award winning feature documentary that reveals the same sex marriage movement through the eyes of its leaders as they prepare for their final battle before the United States Supreme Court."
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The Eighties: Season 1, Episode 4, "The Fight Against AIDS"

"The '80s witness the terrifying rise of a new disease that claimed coutless lives, sparked bitter prejudices and shifted the cultural landscape."
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The Science of Mentorship

National Acadeemies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

"Mentorship is essential to the development of anyone in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine, but did you know mentorship is a set of skills that can be learned, practiced, and optimized?

In this 10-part series from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, you’ll hear the personal mentorship stories of leaders in academia, business, and the media, in their own words. Learn how evidence-based mentorship practices can help you develop the skills to engage in the most effective STEMM mentoring relationships possible."

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Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a reasearcher, professor, and author who tackles topics like courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. In her new podcast, Unlocking Us she discusses these concepts and also explores them in the context of racial/gender/activism issues. Dr. Brown brings in experts like Laverne Cox, Austin Channing Brown, and Ibram X. Kendi, among others, to discuss these essential topics.
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Code Switch | NPR

"Remember when folks used to talk about being "post-racial"? Well, we're definitely not that. We're a multi-racial, multi-generational team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting."
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ADA Live

"ADA Live! is a free monthly show broadcast nationally on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leaders in the field will share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses."
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Making Gay History

"The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’s decades old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history."
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Coffee & Quaq

"The mission of Coffee & Quaq is to celebrate, share, and explore the collective experience of contemporary Native life in urban Alaska. Coffee & Quaq aims to incite discussion on topics of interest for young Alaska Native people and bring awareness to the various facets of modern Indigenous life. It's a podcast show for Indigenous people, by Indigenous people to help provide an accurate representation of Alaska Native life in urban and rural settings."
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TED Radio Hour: Why We Hate

"From bullying to hate crimes, cruelty is all around us. So what makes us hate? And is it learned or innate? This hour, TED speakers explore the causes and consequences of hate - and how we can fight it."
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TED Radio Hour: The Consequences of Racism

"What does it mean to be judged before you walk through the door? What are the consequences? This week, TED speakers delve into the ways racism impacts our lives, from education, to health, to safety."
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TED Radio Hour: Beyond Tolerance

"Most of us were raised to believe that tolerance is a good thing, but is it enough or just the bare minimum? This hour, TED speakers on how to move beyond tolerance to a place of deeper understanding."
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NPR Hidden Brain: "Man Up"

"You've certainly heard some variations of the phrase 'be a man." But what does that even mean? This week we question our existing definitions of masculinity."
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NPR Hidden Brain: Stereotype Threat

"Annie Duke was often the only woman at the poker table, which influenced the way people saw her, and the way she saw herself. Feeling like an outsider can come at a cost, but also can be an advantage."
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#ThinkArctic Episode 19: Ronald Brower Sr., University of Alaska Fairbanks

"In this episode of #ThinkArctic, we chat with Ronald Brower Sr., an instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, about teaching native language and growing up in the Arctic."
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Festival of Native Arts

"The Festival of Native Arts provides cultural education and sharing through traditional Native dance, music, and arts. The Festival continues the University of Alaska Fairbanks student-led tradition that began in 1973 of bringing together artists, performers, and performance groups in a celebration of Native cultures."
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Indigenous Peoples Day

"Indigenous Peoples Day honors Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. The unanimous support for this special day acknowledges how the contributions of Alaska Native peoples and Indigenous knowledge enhance education provided by the University of Alaska. Indigenous Peoples Day is recognized on the second Monday of October.

In 2017, the University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time. Resolutions from students, staff and faculty groups across the University of Alaska system have unanimously supported recognizing “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Each campus hosted a culturally relevant event incorporating elements of the indigenous history of place, culture and language associated with their regions. "

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Lavender Graduation

"Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students."

Check out the 2020 Lavender Graduation.

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UAF First-Generation Baccalaureate Cording Ceremony

"During the First-Generation Cording Ceremony each spring, we celebrate the achievements of first-gen students along with faculty, staff and graduating first-gen students’ friends and families. First-gen graduates are given a teal honor cord to wear during UAF’s commencement ceremony to signify that they are the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree."
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UAF LGBTQ+ Pride Month

"LGBTQ+ Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall Riots and celebrates Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ people. UAF hosts various events, trainings, and talks during the month of June."

Check out the 2020 UAF LGBTQ+ Pride Month festivities.

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Native Movement | Trainings/Workshops

"Native Movement believes that in order to make meaningful and lasting change it is critical to address root-causes and dismantle oppressive systemic power structures. Grassroots leadership rooted in responsibility to community and utilizing strategies grounded in an Indigenized worldview and decolonizing frameworks is a powerful path forward. Our trainings, workshops, and camps are not exclusive to Indigenous peoples; rather our leadership model is shaped from an Indigenous worldview, which emphasizes deep acknowledgment of place-based knowledge and the joy and responsibility of building community."
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The White Privilege Conference

"For the past 20 years the WPC has examined challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solution and team building strategies to work towards a more equitable world. WPC is a conference designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin color. WPC is open to everyone and invites diverse perspectives to provide a comprehensive look at issues of privilege including: race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, etc."
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3 Ways to Be a Better Ally in the Workplace

Melinda Epler | TED Salon: Brightline Initiative

"In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. 'There's no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,' she says. 'Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.'"

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How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations

Howard C. Stevenson | TEDMED 2017

"Through racial literacy -- the ability to read, recast and resolve these situations -- psychologist Howard C. Stevenson helps children and parents reduce and manage stress and trauma. In this inspiring, quietly awesome talk, learn more about how this approach to decoding racial threat can help youth build confidence and stand up for themselves in productive ways."

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Uncivilized: A Context for Alaska Native Equity | Shine a Light Speaker Series

 Evon Peter

Uncivilized: A Context for Alaska Native Equity. This is part of the Shine a Light speaker series Promoting Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Northwest Campus, in partnership with UAF's Department of Equity and Compliance and Nanook Diversity & Action Center, is excited to present this speaker series.

These sessions seek to encourage understanding, build empathy, and engage us all in thinking critically about our world views. Join us virtually on the last Monday of every month for a new speaker and topic. Sessions will be recorded and posted on the Shine a Light webpage.

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge Talks (TEK Talks)

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Talks (TEK Talks) is a lecture series developed by two graduate students from UAF's Geophysical Institute (GI) and International Arctic Research Center (IARC). TEK Talks strive to foster understanding among scientists regarding working with Indigenous People.
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How to Talk (and Listen) to Transgender People

Jackson Bird
"Gender should be the least remarkable thing about someone, but transgender people are still too often misunderstood. To help those who are scared to ask questions or nervous about saying the wrong thing, Jackson Bird shares a few ways to think about trans issues. And in this funny, frank talk, he clears up a few misconceptions about pronouns, transitioning, bathrooms and more."
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Our Fight for Disability Rights - And Why We're Not Done Yet

Judith Heumann |  TEDxMidAtlantic
"Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in -- in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest -- and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's still work left to do."
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The Importance of Intersectional Accessibility in Activism

Hayden Kristal | TEDxMU
"Hayden Kristal is a Brooklyn-based former zookeeper who gave up a lucrative career in salamanders to pursue comedy and public speaking. Speaking on the topics of diversity and intersectionality, Hayden has spoken for colleges and organizations across the country, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Connecticut Supreme Court, and TEDx."
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Addressing Challenges and Opportunities to Diversity & Inclusion

David Williams | BoardSource Leadership Forum 2017
"David Williams, PhD, MPH, an internationally recognized authority on social influence on health, is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and professor of African and African American studies and sociology at Harvard University. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior, and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures of discrimination in health studies. This presentation will provide an overview of scientific evidence regarding the levels and extent of inequality in the U.S. It will discuss theory and evidence regarding the influence of institutional, interpersonal, and individual factors that create these inequities. It also will describe promising, practical strategies that work to promote equity and build a culture of inclusion. And it will indicate that moving an equity, diversity and inclusion agenda forward is central to the personal and national interests of all Americans."
Recommended by anonymous.
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How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi
"Not being racist is not enough. We have to be antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi's incendiary polemic is stirring, provocative and impossible to ignore. Here he explains why it's not enough to simply say you're not racist."
Recommended by anonymous.
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Why I love a country that once betrayed me

George Takei
"When he was a child, George Takei and his family were forced into an internment camp for Japanese-Americans, as a "security" measure during World War II. 70 years later, Takei looks back at how the camp shaped his surprising, personal definition of patriotism and democracy."
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The enchanting music of sign language

Christine Sun Kim
"Artist Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn't a part of her life, that it was a hearing person's thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn't have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language."
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Deaf in the military

Keith Nolan
"Keith Nolan was told that he couldn’t enlist in the army because he was deaf -- but he didn’t take no for an answer. After he finally convinced a commander to let him audit ROTC classes, he proved himself a top student and earned his uniform. Although a standard military hearing test prevents him from enlisting, his continued fight has inspired many would-be soldiers with disabilities -- and a vigorous online campaign on his behalf."
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Celebration: 10,000 Years of Cultural Survival Project

Sealaska Heritage Institute

SHI held the first Celebration in 1982 at a time when the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian were in danger of losing knowledge of their ancient songs, dances and stories and the meaning behind the crests depicted on their regalia and clan at.óowu (sacred objects). It was held at the urging of Elders, who worried the cultures were dying after a period of severe oppression, during which time Native people did not sing their songs and dance their dances in public. The first Celebration was meant to underscore the fact the cultures had survived for more than 10,000 years.

The first series includes performances by 16 dance groups documented over three days in February 1982 in Juneau. By 2022, SHI plans to digitize the rest of the Celebrations, which comprise more than 1,000 hours, and put the footage online.

(Watch the Celebration 1982 Playlist on YouTube)

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Erase Me

By Quinn Christopherson
"Quinn Christopherson is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq artist. He uses vulnerability to connect with those around him through songwriting. This video, filmed for the 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, takes place at the Anchorage Museum in front of a painting of Mt. Denali. The name “Denali” stems from the Athabaskan language, Koyukon."
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Lost Voices

By Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley