Inclusivity at UAF
UAF is a university where EVERYONE is welcome and EVERYONE belongs. UAF prohibits gender-based harassment and violence targeting transgender individuals and/or individuals not conforming to gender norms. All members of the UAF community are entitled to learn, live and work in an environment free from sexual and gender- based discrimination.
Simply put, being a welcoming and supportive community is just who we are as #NanookNation.
To assist you in ensuring that UAF is gender inclusive, please start with this guide to gender inclusiveness (PDF) and read through the resources and information on this web page.
UA policy and regulation
"discrimination against any individual because of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status is prohibited."
Although only gender identity is specified in the nondiscrimination statement, both gender expression and gender identity are covered under the protected class of sex.
UAF takes the protection of minors very seriously. UAF's Protection of Minors policy follows the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Administrative Regulation 130 regarding confidentiality. Personnel should not disclose a student's transgender status to others, including parents, and/or other personnel unless there is a specific "need to know." Protection of Minors information can be located at Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management.
How UAF is promoting inclusivity of the LGBTQIA+ community
LGBTQIA+ is an umbrella term that is often used to refer to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual as well as myriad other communities, as a whole. UAF is promoting diversity and inclusion of this community through inclusion initiatives across campus in the following ways:
- Department of Equity and Compliance - Title IX
The Department of Equity and Compliance ensures equity and compliance with civil rights laws and the UA Board of Regents Policy and Regulations on nondiscrimination. Report sexual and gender-based discrimination here.
- Gender inclusive restrooms and housing
UAF provides options that allow transgender students use the restrooms, locker rooms, and housing consistent with their gender identity; so trans students can participate fully in all the educational programs and activities UAF has to offer.
- Gender inclusion training
Training is provided to educate students and employees at UAF on ways to foster diversity and inclusion in the education and work environments. To request training, email uaf-TIX@alaska.edu.
- Gender Inclusive Work Group
This group reviews and addresses inclusion and safety related issues in athletic programs, facilities, health care and counseling, ensures systems allow for inclusion such as preferred names, travel, training and education as well as policy updates.
- Gender and Sexuality Alliance
GSA is a student group that works to promote diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for everyone on the UAF campus. GSA meetings are safe spaces where they gather to plan events, play games, have discussions, and meet new people. Absolutely everyone is welcome!
- Generation Action
This student organization works on reproductive justice and LGBTQ+ issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Green Dot program
The UAF Green Dot strategy is a violence prevention program based on empowering bystanders. When people attend our bystander training, they learn to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to safely intervene. A green dot is the single choice to use your words or actions to prevent someone from being harmed.
- Human Resources Office
The Human Resources Office oversees fair and equitable recruitment, professional development and retention of employees at UAF.
- Nanook Diversity and Action Center (NDAC)
NDAC is a student-focused center that provides programs that promote and foster a community of inclusion, social justice, and cultural pluralism that honor and support diverse and intersectional identities and promote a campus free of violence, harassment, and abuse through the use of Green Dot and other prevention strategies.
- Resource and Advocacy Center
The Resource and Advocacy Center provides confidential advocacy and resource referral to UAF students, staff and faculty survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual harassment. The office is staffed by confidential advocates from the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living.
- Safe Zone Project
You may have seen a sticker or sign that indicate that a person is a "Safe Zone" or has been "Safe Zone Trained." These signs mean a person is open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +) individuals and identities.
- Student Health and Counseling Center
The Student Health and Counseling Center provides medical and counseling services to eligible UAF students, including hormone therapy.
- Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor focusing on women, girls, and historical and contemporary experiences related to femaleness. In addition, the minor focuses on multiple issues related to gender, such as masculinities, femininities and sexualities.
If you would like to suggest other ways to foster diversity and inclusion on our campus, email uaf-TIX@alaska.edu.
- Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines (AA) encourages the LGBT community to travel to Pride events and gay-friendly destinations all over the country. AA has put together a site to highlight destinations that support marriage equality, Pride celebrations, and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Some travel may be discounted.
- Alaska Pride
This is Anchorage's official "Pride" celebration website.
- Fairbanks PFLAG
The local chapter of PFLAG which advocates for equality for the LGBTQ community.
- Gender Pioneers
Local peer to peer support group for transgender and genderqueer folks in Interior Alaska.
A national organization working to promote accurate and positive representation in the media.
- Human Rights Campaign
Leading national advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community.
- Identity Alaska
Mission: to advance Alaska's LGBT community through advocacy, education and connectivity.
- Interactive Scholarship Tool
Allows students to sort through scholarships available for identifying and ally individuals of the LGBTQ community.
- LGBT National Help Center at 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
Provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- National Center for Transgender Equality
Devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people.
- Planned Parenthood Fairbanks Health Center
Provides affordable health care and sex education. Offers LGBT services, including gender affirming hormone therapy.
- Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy and attitudes so all people can live safely, authentically and free from discrimination.
- Trevor Project
Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.