Nanook Brotherhood Project
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.
Recipients are members of the Nanook Brotherhood Project (NBP) and the Brother 2 Brother Student Organization. Scholarship and leadership opportunities available for students of all backgrounds who support diversity, inclusion and equity in relation to social justice and are committed to academic excellence. Students are welcome to join the Nanook Brotherhood Project even if they are not awarded a scholarship.
10 students will be selected for award amounts of $2,000 split between fall and spring
1 student will be selected for the award amount of $5,000 split between fall and spring semester.
Apply online at Academic Works:
Submit the application through AcademicWorks. Priority will be given to students that apply by August 12, with selected students notified on August 20.
In 500 words describe how the Nanook Brotherhood Project Scholarship will assist you in the pursuit of academic excellence while supporting efforts of diversity, inclusion and caring at UAF and beyond?
New or returning UAF degree-seeking bachelor degree-seeking students taking classes online or in-person
Full time enrollment
3.0 cumulative GPA at UAF or the previous school attended
FAFSA completion recommended
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and caring.
Demonstrated commitment to community engagement and volunteer service.
Champagne’s career spans more than 30 years in positions throughout student services and athletics.
Prior to his current position at UAF, he was the chief diversity officer for intercollegiate
athletics at Central Washington University, a public university in Ellensburg, Washington
where he served in a variety of positions for 27 years. Previous positions included associate dean for student success, associate
vice president for student affairs and assistant vice president for leadership and
diversity. Prior to his time at CWU, he worked at Clarion University and Loyola University.
His experience includes a wide variety of student services front line and leadership
positions, including residence life, career services, student activities, judicial
functions, diversity and student success.
Champagne has a bachelor’s degree in communications public relations from Loyola University, a master’s degree in communications, training and development from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.
Champagne oversees student services at UAF, which includes units such as the registrar's office, Residence Life, Wood Center, student activities, admissions and financial aid.
Dr. Alexander Keller Hirsch is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Honors Program, at UAF. He received his BA in Social Thought and Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and his MA and Ph.D. in Politics (with an emphasis in History of Consciousness), from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Hirsch specializes in political philosophy, and his research interests focus on ethics, transitional justice, indigenous cultural politics, politics and art, and ancient thought and literature. He is the author of numerous articles and published essays (see CV), and the editor of two books, Theorizing Post-Conflict Reconciliation: Agonism, Restitution, and Repair (Routledge, 2011, now translated into Indonesian) and, with co-editor David McIvor, The Democratic Arts of Mourning: Political Theory and Loss (Lexington, 2018). At UAF, Dr. Hirsch is affiliated faculty in both Arctic and Northern Studies and Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies. In the Political Science department, his courses range across the history of political thought, both in the west and beyond. They include Ethics & Society, Political Ideologies, Classical Political Philosophy, American Political Thought, and more.