Staff & Students

 

Jo Malbert Narvaez (he | they)

Jo Malbert Narvaez (he | they)

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M1

Mabuika, taino-ti! My name is Jo, and I am from the island of Borikén (also known as Puerto Rico), a land filled with rich and resilient Taino and African culture. I arrived in Alaska in 2014, and have been part of the UAF community as a student and now as a staff member. I received my Master of Public Administration in Higher Education from UAS, where I focused on equity and justice in higher education. During my time at UAF, I have developed a passion for social justice and advocating for those voices who have been historically marginalized. I am very happy to work with passionate staff and students to make UAF a truly welcoming and inclusive community.


Aviv Gilbert (they | them)

Aviv Gilbert (they | them)

Diversity & Inclusion Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M

Hi! My Name is Aviv! I have lived in Fairbanks (and North Pole) for all 21 years of my life! I don’t like the snow, but I do like the all day light in the summer. I have two sweet little guinea pigs (Henry and Mochi), I enjoy watching all sorts of movies/tv/videos, gardening, I love Ben & Jerry’s PB cup ice cream and I am an English major!

Laura Ekada (she | her)

Laura Ekada (she | her)

Diversity& Inclusion Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M

I am Laura (she/her). I am Koyukon Athabascan and I was raised in the village of Minto, AK. My family comes from Nulato and Koyukuk. I am in my third year of college. I spent two years at Umpqua Community College running cross country and competing in track and field. I am working towards a bachelor's in biology with a concentration in biomedical science. I hope to one day be a physician for rural Alaskan communities. My hobbies include beading, sewing, painting, and reading.

 

Claire Swanson (she | her)

Claire Swanson (she | her)

First Generation Student Success Graduate Assistant

First-Gen AK

Wood Center 101J1

Hi! My name is Claire Swanson and I am a long time Alaskan. I am currently working towards my M.Ed. in School Counseling. This is my fifth year at UAF and second year working for the University, i've spent the past four years getting my undergrad in Psychology. Working for the University has instilled in me a passion to support our students and community. I love the outdoors and do everything I can to soak up the sunshine during Alaskas summer months (hiking, biking, etc.) 

Victoria Pennington (she | they)

Victoria Pennington (she | they)

Prevention Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 130

My name is Victoria Pennington. I am from Healy, Alaska and my major in college is Radiologic Technology. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to 4 different countries in 3 years.

 

Cassidy "Sea" Seamount (all pronouns)

Cassidy "Sea" Seamount (all pronouns)

Prevention Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 130

Hi there! My name is Cassidy Seamount but I also go by Sea. I have been studying here at UAF since Fall 2019, I am currently studying history. I was born in Anchorage and have lived in Alaska all my life. My favorite things to do are traveling, reading, writing, and dnd. I also have a cat (her name is Ru) with thumbs. I will talk to anyone for hours about the things that I am passionate about and I hope to bring this passion into my job!

 

Bralyn Nixon (she | her)

Bralyn Nixon (she | her)

Diversity & Inclusion Student Assistant

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M

Cama’i! My name is Bralyn Nixon, I am a first-year student here at UAF and as of right now I am majoring in Psychology! I was born and raised in Kodiak Alaska, where I learned to love the ocean! I also have a passion for helping people, my main reason for going for a psychology major. I also love talking to people and hearing what others have to say!