Staff & Students

 

 
Jo Malbert Narvaez (he | they)

Jo Malbert Narvaez (he | they)

Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M1

Taiguey guaitiao! My name is Jo, and I am from the island of Borikén (also known as Puerto Rico), a land filled with rich and resilient Taino and African culture. I arrived in Alaska in 2014, and have been part of the UAF community as a student and now as staff. During my time at UAF, I have developed a passion for social justice and advocating for those voices who have been historically marginalized. I am very happy to work with passionate staff and students to make UAF a truly welcoming and inclusive community.


Aviv Gilbert (they | them)

Aviv Gilbert (they | them)

Diversity & Inclusion Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M

Hi! My Name is Aviv! I have lived in Fairbanks (and North Pole) for all 21 years of my life! I don’t like the snow, but I do like the all day light in the summer. I have two sweet little guinea pigs (Henry and Mochi), I enjoy watching all sorts of movies/tv/videos, gardening, I love Ben & Jerry’s PB cup ice cream and I am an English major!

Laura Ekada (she | her)

Laura Ekada (she | her)

Diversity& Inclusion Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 101M

I am Laura (she/her). I am Koyukon Athabascan and I was raised in the village of Minto, AK. My family comes from Nulato and Koyukuk. I am in my third year of college. I spent two years at Umpqua Community College running cross country and competing in track and field. I am working towards a bachelor's in biology with a concentration in biomedical science. I hope to one day be a physician for rural Alaskan communities. My hobbies include beading, sewing, painting, and reading.

 

 

Maeve Spiegler (she | they)

Maeve Spiegler (she | they)

Prevention & Wellness Coordinator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 130

Hi, my name is Maeve Spiegler (she/they) and I am from gorgeous Vermont, but the East Coast is home. I started at UAF at the beginning of 2020, and the Prevention and Wellness Coordinator position in the beginning of 2021. I have a Masters of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts, in Speech Language Pathology/Audiology from Loyola University Maryland. 
I love my cat and cooking new and exciting things.

Claire Swanson (she | her)

Claire Swanson (she | her)

First Generation Student Success Graduate Assistant

First-Gen AK

Wood Center 101J1

Hi! My name is Claire Swanson and I am a long time Alaskan. I am currently working towards my M.Ed. in School Counseling. This is my fifth year at UAF and second year working for the University, i've spent the past four years getting my undergrad in Psychology. Working for the University has instilled in me a passion to support our students and community. I love the outdoors and do everything I can to soak up the sunshine during Alaskas summer months (hiking, biking, etc.) 

Victoria Pennington (she | her)

Victoria Pennington (she | her)

Prevention Peer Educator

Nanook Diversity & Action Center

Wood Center 130

My name is Victoria Pennington. I am from Healy, Alaska and my major in college is Radiologic Technology. A fun fact about me is that I’ve been to 4 different countries in 3 years.