Chancellor's Diversity Action Committee


Strategies for Conducting Difficult Dialogues

An Interactive Workshop

with Libby Roderick Associate Director, UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at UAA

Friday, December 9, 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Alumni Lounge, Constitution Hall

In this interactive workshop, participants will focus on a few strategies to effectively introduce controversial topics into the classroom. You will (1) learn about the Difficult Dialogues initiative, (2) briefly explore the rights and responsibilities of academic freedom, and (3) examine a handful of strategies for proactively introducing controversial topics into the classroom.

Libby Roderick is Associate Director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at UAA where she focuses on issues related to difficult dialogues, sustainability and climate change, 21st century trends in higher education, and effective teaching to diverse student populations. Libby also serves as the Director of the Difficult Dialogues initiative at UAA and has conducted this workshop at numerous institutions across the U.S.

Actress/Author Geri Jewell to come to UAF for book signing

Famous for her role on 'The Facts of Life,' Geri Jewell has written an inspiring memoir, ‘I'm Walking As Straight As I Can’. The title refers both to the struggles growing up with cerebral palsy and her sexuality.
This candid memoir details her rise to stardom as a stand‐up comic and becoming the first person with a disability to act in a recurring prime‐time television role. Her journey takes her from the Comedy Store to the White House, followed by a downward spiral that almost ended her life. Through her tears and triumphs, she is transformed into a shining symbol of hope for anyone who dares to follow their dreams.

There will be a welcome reception Tuesday, December 6th at 2:30 pm in the Alumni Lounge. There will be a presentation and book signing Tuseday, December 6th at 3:30pm in the Wood Center Multi-Level Lounge. Both events are free to attend.

These events are sponsored by the Fairbanks Resource Agency and are presented at UAF in part by the following departments: UAF Communications Department, UAF Disability Services, UAF Women's Center, UAF Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity, and UAF Theater.

FREE Screening of award-winning film

"MISS Representation"

Thursday, December 1st
6:30-8:30 PM
208 Gruening Building, UAF
"Miss Representation," a documentary film about women, power, politics, and the media will be shown Thursday, December 1st at 6:30 PM in Room 208, Gruening Building, UAF campus. The FREE screening of this film, a favorite at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, is sponsored by UAF Women's Center, Women's & Gender Studies Program, Northern Studies (NORS) Student Club, the SoC Club, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fairbanks Chapter.
Immediately following the screening of MISS REPRESENTATION students from the Theories in Women's and Gender Studies class (WGS 403) will present a Manifesto critiquing media representations of women.
For additional information, check out the UAF Women's Center blog @ find the UAF Women's Center on Facebook, email call 474-6360, or drop by the Women's Center 112 Eielson Building, UAF. 
See the MISS REPRESENTATION Trailer on YouTube 

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer to be Honored at UAF

Experience mZuri Moyo, acclaimed singer and performer, as 60’s civil rights activist and “freedom fighter” legend, Fannie Lou Hamer, in a meet and greet reception as well as a presentation Thursday, November 17th at UAF.

  • Reception to welcome mZuri Moyo

Alumni Lounge, UAF

Thursday, November 17, 2011

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM


  • Presentation

Wood Center Ballroom, UAF

Thursday, November 17, 2011

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Moyo’s UAF visit is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Action Committee with the support of Alaska Airlines, UAF Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity, Women’s Center, and Women’s & Gender Studies Program.

Alcan Highway Presentation

Dedicated to the African American army engineers who built the historic Alcan Highway during World War II and completed the Sikanni Chief River Bridge on October 28, 1942

Thursday, October 27, 2011

11:00 AM - 12 noon

UAF Rasmuson Library

Media Room

Guest Presenters:

  • Bishop Dave Thomas
  • Juan Pollard

For more information contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity

phone: 907 474 7300 or email:

TeVaka Workshop at UAF

October 23rd, 2:00 pm UAF Wood Center Ballroom

Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand whose "South Pacific Fusion" music features log and goat skin drum rhythms.

The 2:00 pm workshop with Te Vaka is open to all. No experience necessary.

At 3:00 pm, Te Vaka will be welcomed with performances by:

  • Troth Yeddh (Athabascan) Dancers
  • Inu-Yupiaq Dancers
  • Pavva Inupiaq Dancers
  • Tupu Tafa'ifa

Add Sexual Orientation & Stir

Add Sexual Orientation & Stir flier

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

In Spring 2011, the Board of Regents of the University of Alaska added sexual orientation to its non-discrimination clause.

What are the implications of this policy change?

How did the change come about?

What groups are protected by the addition? Who is left out?

Join us for a discussion facilitated by Sine Anahita & Sean Parson

In honor of National Coming Out Day


Tuesday, October 11

1:00-2:00 pm

306 Gruening

UAF, Fairbanks Campus


Sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies Program, UAF Women's Center, Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity

For more information: 474-6360 or email

Rachel Simon in Fairbanks

Rachel Simon Lecture

Writer & Speaker Rachel Simon Visits Fairbanks

Writer and motivational speaker Rachel Simon (Riding the Bus with My Sister) will be in Fairbanks Tuesday, December 7th for a FREE daytime and a FREE evening event. PLUS, Simon will be the guest speaker at the FRA (Fairbanks Resource Agency) Annual Gala
Wednesday, December 8th, 6:30 p.m. at the Westmark.
Details on all 3 events below
Meet Author Rachel Simon at a Brown Bag Lunch & Book Discussion
Tuesday, Dec. 7
12 noon to 1pm
Fairbanks Resource Agency
805 Airport Way
Space is limited-please RSVP to Eva at 456-8901
Rachel Simon Lecture at UAF
Tuesday, Dec. 7
7:00 pm
401 Gruening Building
UAF Main Campus


FRA Annual Gala*Rachel Simon Guest Speaker
Wednesday, December 8
6:30 p.m. at the Westmark
Tickets for the Gala are $40 each and are available by calling Fairbanks Resource Agency at 456-8901.

''Where are the Women?''

We Can Do IT

Panel Discussion

The UAF Women's and Gender Studies Program presents a panel discussion entitled "Where are the Women?" This panel will assess the institutional position of women faculty at UAF. 
WoodCenter Multi-Level Lounge
1:00 - 2:00pm

Recent Events

Choose Respect Community Rally - March 31, 2010

Choose Respect Fairbanks Rally Flier
Click on the flier for a full size PDF version

Alaskans Ending the Epidemic of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Join in the Community-Wide Rally
March 31, 2010
Golden Heart Plaza
Fairbanks, Alaska
The Parnell Administration invites Alaskans to join with Fairbanks community partners as - together - we take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in our state. Together we can make a difference!
For more information, please contact the Fairbanks Office of the Governor:

Women's History & Culture Month Keynote

Diane Benson Keynote flier

Celebrating the Power of Women's Voices with Diane Benson

Tuesday, March 23
Reception at 7:00 pm
Keynote speech at 7:45 pm
Schaible Auditorium in Bunnell

In the spirit of "writing women back into history," Diane E. Benson, Alaska poet, playwright, politician, dramatist, educator, activist, truck driver, and the actress who played Elizabeth Peratrovich in “For the Rights of All,” will recount her dramatic journey giving voice to Elizabeth Peratrovich's story. Benson will also share her own story of how one woman can change the world.

Find the UAF Women's Center on Facebook & for more information, pictures, and events check our blog, "Women at the Top," at

For more information about the National Women's History Project's theme for 2010, Writing Women Back into History," visit

Download a full color copy of the keynote flier at the link below.

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Tale of Two Disappearing Women

Thursday, March 25


Alumni Lounge


Sociologist Sine Anahita tells the story of two innovative women advocates for Southern

Appalachia, Marguerite Butler and Olive Dame Campbell, who are disappearing from the

popular historical record.

Download a full color copy of the Disappearing Women flier at the link below.

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International Women's Day - Women and Community Water Projects in Ghana

Presentation by Josie Sam

Click on the link below to access the recording of Josie's presentation.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Hering Auditorium/Lathrop High School

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Hering Auditorium/Lathrop High School