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  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seen as an institution of choice for students and employees from underserved and marginalized communities.

  • The physical and virtual environments of the University of Alaska Fairbanks reflect the heritage, history and values of Indigenous people upon whose lands university community members live, work and learn.

  • The physical and virtual environments of the University of Alaska Fairbanks are easily accessible to all.

  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ prioritization of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring is reflected in the proper allocation of resources to support the university’s strategic goals.

  • Respect, diversity, inclusion and caring are seen as everyone’s responsibility and are incorporated into departmental missions and strategic plans, employee professional development and performance appraisals, and students’ educational curricula.

  • Diversity is celebrated year-round, not just during specific heritage months or other observances.

  • Policies and practices are regularly reviewed for implicit bias and accessibility through critical conversations about power and privilege and through formal assessment.

  • A decolonized curriculum intentionally includes the contributions of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), women, queer scholars, individuals with disabilities, and other marginalized and underrepresented identities in all fields of study. 

  • New courses and degree programs provide students the opportunity to engage in scholarship, research and creative activities that honor and celebrate diversity.

  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks educates students to apply decolonization principles and practices in their careers and communities.

  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks champions the application of decolonization principles and practices with local, state and national partner organizations, including K-12 education partners.

  • Sponsored research has transformed to include underrepresented and underserved researchers.

  • Indigenous knowledge is used and valued in research, in the classroom and throughout the university.

  • Sustainability is incorporated into all practices across the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the university is seen as a leader in both climate research and climate change prevention.

  • Student and employee recruitment and retention practices are designed around inclusivity and equity, leading to increased student recruitment, higher retention and graduation rates, and increased employee retention.

  • Wellness is seen as integral to the safety of the university community; intersectional, culturally relevant and trauma-informed practices support the holistic well-being of students and employees.

  • A culture of respect, inclusion, diversity and caring thrives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and all members of the university community feel connected, safe and successful.