Shine a Light Speaker Series

At UAF, we are growing into a socially just and caring institution of higher education. This ongoing speaker series, titled Shine a Light: Promoting Conversations on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is designed to encourage understanding, build empathy and engage us in thinking critically about our worldviews.

The series is led by UAF’s Northwest Campus and UAF Department of Equity and Compliance, and is open to ALL! Thanks for being here! Join us on the third Tuesday of every month for a new speaker and topic.

Current events

More presentations coming soon.

Past events

Co-Production of Knowledge: Critical Reflection on Arctic Research

March 21, 2023
Margaret Anamaq Rudolf

Co-Production of Knowledge: Critical Reflection on Arctic Research Flyer

Co-production of knowledge is the trending research approach in the Arctic, which, in theory, means shared decision-making, prioritizing relationships, and co-produced outputs. In practice, this aspirational approach has failed to reach potential, receiving criticism from Indigenous leaders. Learn how research has and can be a colonial act, the current state of co-production of knowledge, and the challenges faced when put into practice.
Margaret Anamaq Rudolf is a UAF PhD student focusing on improving research processes with Alaska Native communities, specifically the perspectives of success and those who facilitate successful projects.
Video Forthcoming

Death by 1000 cuts: Surviving in a World of Microaggressions & Marginality

February 21, 2023
Traci Gatewood

Death by 1000 cuts

Video Forthcoming

International Law of Colonialism in Alaska

January 17, 2023
Robert Miller

International Law of Colonialism in Alaska

Video Forthcoming

Art as Storytelling

December 6, 2022
Jenny Irene Miller

Indigenous Representation in Media

November 15, 2022
Alice Glenn


Lost Alaskans: The Morningside Hospital Project

October 18, 2022
Robin Renfroe

Ladawan: Making Images

September 20, 2022
JR Ancheta

5 C's of Healing Centered Engagement

June 21, 2022
Dr. LaVerne Xilegg Demientieff

Decolonizing the Classroom - Critical Reflections on Equity & Inclusion

May 17, 2022
Dr. Jessica Black

Footprints for the Future

March 22, 2022
Carol Seppilu

Black Organizing in Alaska

February 15, 2022
Alyssa Quintyne

Preserving & Teaching Inupiat: Renewing Relationships to the Land and Each Other

January 18, 2022
Roy Apaagzuk Agloinga

Truth and Healing: Alaska's Native Boarding Schools

November 16, 2021
Jim LaBelle

Data for Indigenous Justice: Addressing MMIWG2S in Alaska

September 21, 2021
Charlene Aqpik Apok

Lifting the Veil: Colonization, Critical Consciousness and Community Development in Rural Alaska

September 21, 2021
Charlene Stern

The Queer Art of Holding Still

August 23, 2021
Jonathan VanDyke

Beyond Stonewall: Past and Present Movements for LGBTQ+ Equality

June 21, 2021
Ronnie Houchin

The Complexities of Anti-Asian Racism

May 17, 2021
E.J.R. David

Finding Value at Home

April 19, 2021
Ana Hoffman

Who Is Elizabeth Peratrovich, Our Alaska Native Civil Rights Leader?

March 29, 2021
Jaquline Kus.een Pata

Black in Hindsight: A Review of Black History in Alaska

February 22, 2021
Jo Malbert Narváez

Uncivilized: A Context for Alaska Native Equity

January 25, 2021
Former UAF Vice Chancellor Evon Peter.