Staff & Board

Staff

Amy Cross - Diversity & Prevention Coordinator, NDAC Student Board Advisor

aecross3@alaska.edu

(907) 474-6025 

Amy joined the NDAC Staff in May 2017. A recent UAF graduate, she completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology, Justice, and Women & Gender studies in December 2016. Amy is passionate about promoting social justice and ending violence. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, playing in the outdoors, and spending time with her pup Olive. Don’t hesitate to stop by NDAC with questions, suggestions, or just to visit!

 

 

Chia Moua - NDAC Student Assistant & Board Member 

Hello! My name is Chia Moua and I currently hold senior status here at UAF, but a super senior college status having literally been in college for a majority of my life due to a ginormous love for learning. I was born in Chonburi, Thailand, but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and have been here in Alaska since 2015. My majors are psychology and communication and minors are philosophy and sociology. The career that I look forward to possessing after undergrad and grad school is to become a Communication professor that teaches others about interactions of human beings and the different types and ways that we portray that. Currently, I am a student assistant in the Nanook Diversity and Action Center. Ever since I was little I have always been aggravated by the inequality that I saw in my environment whether they were happening to my friends, families, strangers, or even to myself. I am just absolutely stunned that people think it is okay to treat others in such a manor that would attack their self identity whether it is race, gender, class, age, etc. These aspects of a person are not something that they can be blamed, judged, attacked, or isolated for. I hope for a more safe and comfortable environment where as Martin Luther King Jr. stated in his speech "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This is the type of environment where I too would like my children and grand children to grow up in where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Juancruz (J.C.) Montalvo Rivas - NDAC Student Assistant & Board Member

Hey there! I’m a freshman here at UAF and I’m majoring Japanese Studies with a minor in TESOL. Born is Los Angeles California I went to move on living in Minnesota till I was 8, then moved to the small country of El Salvador, where I did fourth grade till ninth to learn Spanish. When I was 15 I moved once again to Virginia where I did my four years of high school and worked at a roller skating rink for two years. Now I’m here in Alaska ready (I think lol) to take on the challenges of college and explore what this state has to offer. I’m a huge fan of personalities and love to meet new people and cultures. Pass by our office if you need any help or have ideas for events we could do. And remember “Have courage and be kind”.

Board

Shaelene Holstrom 

Hello, I'm Shaelene, I come from Naknek, AK. I have a dog named gypsy and I've been attending UAF for the last 5 years. I will be graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Rural Development with a focus on community health and wellness this next spring (May 2018). I am an advocate with the Resource and Advocacy Center. I enjoy being outdoors, watching movies and being with friends. I look forward to working more with NDAC this year to bring awareness about diversity, the environment, advocacy and much more to students. 

 

Kasey Casort

Kasey joined the NDAC board in Fall 2017. She is a First Year student at UAF, but Fairbanks is her home. She is pursuing a major in Natural Resource Management and a second major in Political Science. Currently, Kasey is a coordinator for Kids Voting North Alaska, a non-profit organization that promotes civic education in Alaska’s youth. Kasey has always valued social justice. She was the Vice President of her high school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance, which pushed her into the community and local politics. A love for civics classes and Model United Nations led her to an internship with Senator Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C. Her experience in the Senator’s office solidified her love for pursuing equality through government institutions, and motivated her to engage in activism at every level, whether its on campus on in the Capitol Building.

Omar Niagne

I was born in Ivory Coast. I am a biology major with a concentration in molecular biology. I am particularly interested in diversity because of where I grew up. Diversity is very big in Africa since there are a lot of dialects in every country. In the United States, I noticed that there are many issues that could be solved if people understood more about one another culture wise. I will also be  leading the “good neighbor” project. It consist of activities that positively demonstrate a culture, so that younger kid can learn and understand the people they are in contact with.

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