Academy for Leadership Development
First-Year Leadership Academy
The First-Year Leadership Academy (FLA) is a comprehensive leadership program for students in their first year at UAF. This year long program encompasses bi-weekly meetings to cover topics required for completing Level One of the COLD certificate. There will be opportunities to attend conferences, workshops, and participate in service work. FLA allows incoming students to make connections and grow their leadership skills. The program aims to help students explore who they are as leaders and how to influence change at UAF and beyond.
$500 scholarship associated with the successful completion of this program.
The First-Year Leadership Academy is designed to support, engage, and educate future leaders in the UAF community. As a part of this program, students will be provided the opportunity to:
- Enhance current and build new leadership skills
- Learn the ins and outs of involvement at UAF
- Complete all aspects of Level One COLD Certificate
- Create a diverse and well-rounded network
This learning challenged me by truly looking at who I am as a person. To also look at what I bring to the table, and how to ask for help.Nicole Miller
What you put in is what you get out of it. The more time you invest in FLA, the more results you will see. Being invested in FLA helped me be more focused and successful in my coursework, as it helped me find more purpose in what I want to do.Mina Carroll
Virgie Dunlap-King Academy for Social Change
The Virgie Dunlap-King (VDK) Academy for Social Change is a program designed to help students discover their potential for becoming change makers in our community. The academy is intended for student leaders who want to make an impact on our campus. The academy will include service work, mentorship opportunities, and working on a student's personal leadership journey - all with a cohort to grow and learn with. Students will also have the opportunity to graduate with Leadership Distinction through our COLD Certificate Program.
$1,000 scholarship associated with the successful completion of this program.
History of the Academy
The Virgie Dunlap-King (VDK) Academy for Social Change is a program designed to help students discover their potential for becoming change makers in our community. The academy is intended for student leaders who want to make an impact on our campus. The academy will include service work, mentorship opportunities, and working on a student's personal leadership journey - all with a cohort to grow and learn with.
This academy is in remembrance of Virgie M. Dunlap-King. Virgie taught English at Tanana Middle School for 24 years before retiring in 1997. During her time there, she realized there was a lack of Black educators in the schools as well as in Administration positions. With minimal representation, Black students weren’t receiving the mentorship that they needed. As a result, she put together the idea of a conference to provide students the opportunity to interact with professionals who looked like them. For the past 32 years, the African-American Student Leadership Conference (AASLC) has brought speakers from around the nation to facilitate workshops concerning self-esteem, goal-setting, higher education, Black history, and public service.
The African-American Student Leadership Conference (AASLC) project was dreamed up and designed by Virgie and continued her legacy of advocating for students. During her time in college Virgie was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. She marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and worked directly with Stokley Carmichael. She knew that action solves problems and even organized a boycott of businesses in her hometown that treated Black customers poorly.
An active member of multiple civil rights and service organizations, she often held office or represented local chapters on the national level. Her commitment and work have left a lasting imprint on her middle school students, Conference attendees, and the city of Fairbanks.
In order to receive the full $1,000 scholarship for participation in VDK students must:
Attend all meetings, unless they have a pre-arranged absence
The cohort will meet twice a month and it is imperative students are present for each meeting
Complete assignments necessary for each meeting (readings, reflections, etc.)
Complete a Nanook Legacy Project
Complete 40 hours of service with one community or campus organization, or be a part of Alternative Spring Break
Attend 2 one on one meetings with a program coordinator (Fall and Spring)
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