Nanook Brotherhood Project

The Nanook Brotherhood Project, spearheaded by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Keith Champagne, aims to improve the educational outcomes for men of color at UAF. That means more men of color going to college, getting good grades, graduating and finding jobs in their field.

 

Making Excellence Inclusive

UAF Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Keith Champagne launched the Nanook Brotherhood Project (NBP) in 2018. The project included the establishment of a local chapter of the national Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) organization and works to improve the educational outcomes for students of color at UAF. NBP's goal is to get more students of color going to college, getting good grades, graduating and finding jobs in their field.

UAF's SAAB Brother To Brother chapter (B2B), is open to students of all ethnic backgrounds and serves as a gateway to formal and informal support systems on campus, but beyond any institutional efforts, the B2B is its own safety net and accountability system. According to James Little, a founding member and petroleum engineering major. “We are going to push each other. When someone believes in you, that is powerful. That pushes you.”

Members of SAAB and Brother To Brother chapters nationwide also work with students in local K-12 schools to encourage college attendance. Several of the UAF chapter’s founding members said professional role models — students of color who earned college degrees — were rare when they were in high school. NBP is here to reinforce positive rolemodels, rethink institutional systems and support young people of color.

 

 

 


Dr. Keith Champange

Dr. Keith Champange

Vice Chancellor

Student Affairs

Keith Champagne has served as UAF's vice chancellor for student affairs since 2017.


Dr. Alexander Hirsch

Dr. Alexander Hirsch

Director

Honors College

 Alexander Hirsch has served as the director of the Honors College since 2018.