Events & programs
UAF provides reasonable accommodation to employees, visitors, students and/or applicants with a medical condition, disability or religious requirement. This Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability accessibility webpage also provides an accessibility toolkit for inclusivity at events, training resources for live captioning and ways to report barriers.
UAF is proud to be federally designated as an Alaska Native-serving institution, with over 20 percent of our student body being Alaska Native and/or American Indian. Since 1965, we have worked to develop and implement a broad array of Alaska Native and Indigenous programs aimed at supporting Alaska Native and Indigenous student success and focused on advancing the field of Indigenous studies.
KUAC creates radio and television programming that is thought-provoking, trustworthy and even life changing — connecting Alaska to the world and the world to Alaska.
"We tell stories that would otherwise go untold. We bring awareness to issues that would otherwise go overlooked. We present performances that would otherwise be inaccessible. We educate every generation." — 2019 KUAC local content and service report to the community
LION is a collective, community-based response to the ongoing situation of limited access to education opportunities in carceral institutions across the state. UAF’s LION program was co-founded by partners at UAF eCampus, UAF’s Writing Program, Blossom House, and correctional centers across the state, connecting learners in the university, correctional and reentry communities.
UAF is a university where EVERYONE is welcome and EVERYONE belongs. All members of the UAF community are entitled to learn, live and work in an environment free from sex and gender-based discrimination. Check out how UAF fosters gender diversity and inclusion on the LGBTQ+ Inclusion page. Gender inclusion and Safe Zone training can be located on the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability training page.
Living Learning Communities bring together students with similar identities, values or needs, and faculty and staff who support your experience within the residence halls. A successful college experience looks different for every student, and we offer programs to appeal to a diverse set of interests and structure them so students are given opportunities to adjust to UAF academically as well as socially. Learn more about Residence Life Living Learning Communities.
UAF is a military friendly college that offers in-state tuition, credits for military training, VA educational benefits advising and other resources. We're also ranked as one of America’s Best Military Friendly Online Colleges. Learn more about Military and Veteran Services.
The Nanook Brotherhood Project, a collaboration between UAF Student Affairs and the Honors College to improve educational outcomes and close the equity gap for men of color at UAF, was launched in 2018. The project offers men of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop leadership skills through scholarship, service, community engagement and professional development.
At UAF, we define health as a state of individual and community well-being that encompasses not only physical health but also mental, behavioral, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. One Health employs an interdisciplinary approach to problems. By seeking to treat root causes, it’s often more successful than traditional methods that focus on symptoms. The One Health paradigm has been endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the Arctic Council.
In supporting students' success and equal access to education, programs and services, UAF provides reasonable accommodations and adjustments related to pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these or other related medical conditions. These accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis and depend on the medical needs of the student.
In supporting employees' success and equal access to employment, programs and services, UAF provides reasonable accommodations and adjustments related to pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these or other related medical conditions. These accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis and depend on the medical needs of the employee.
For more information, visit the Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability pregnancy and parenting webpage.
Events & traditions
The Chinese Student Association hosts a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in January or February every year. This celebration marks the beginning of a new lunar year and provides an opportunity to expel bad luck and usher in good luck.
The Namaste India Student Chapter at the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosts a Diwali celebration each fall. Diwali is a vibrant festival observed in India. It celebrates the victory of good over evil and knowledge over darkness. Connect with Namaste India through the Namaste India Facebook page or Nanook Engage.
The Festival of Native Arts provides cultural education and sharing through traditional Native dance, music and arts. The festival brings together artists, performers and performance groups in a celebration of Native cultures, continuing a student-led tradition that began in 1973.
In 2017, the University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day for the first time. Indigenous Peoples' Day honors Alaska Native people, culture and knowledge. The unanimous support for this special day acknowledges how the contributions of Alaska Native peoples and Indigenous knowledge enhance education provided by the University of Alaska. Indigenous Peoples' Day is recognized on the second Monday of October. To learn more, visit the College of Rural and Community Development's Indigenous Peoples' Day page.
Shine a Light: Promoting Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Northwest Campus, in partnership with UAF's Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability and Nanook Diversity & Action Center, is excited to present this speaker series.
These sessions seek to encourage understanding, build empathy, and engage us all in thinking critically about our world views. Join us virtually on the last Monday of every month for a new speaker and topic. Sessions will be recorded and posted on the Shine a Light webpage.
SpringFest is one of UAF's four core Traditions. It celebrates the end of winter and provides a weekend of fun activities to help students decompress before final exams.
Starvation Gulch is one of UAF's four core Traditions. Every fall, student groups compete to build creative wooden structures which are then set ablaze. The impressive bonfires symbolize passing the torch of knowledge to new incoming students. Starvation Gulch has been a part of the student experience at UAF since 1923.