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College of Indigenous Studies in the news
  • Charlene Stern, vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education

    Friday Focus: College rename, leading the nation

    May 24, 2024

    This week, the UA Board of Regents approved a regulation change that formalized the renaming of UAF's College of Rural and Community Development to the College of Indigenous Studies. This action effectively makes UAF the first public institution of higher education in the Nation to have such a College. The name change which took effect immediately, came as the result of a two-year effort to solicit feedback in the renaming process. In its over 50-year history, CRCD has been known by different names and focused primarily on meeting local and regional educational needs across the Bristol Bay, Northwest, Chukchi, Kuskokwim and Interior Alaska regions.

  • Members of the Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group pose in the Wood Center after their workshop during the 2023 Indigenous Peoples Day, a universitywide event hosted by the College of Indigenous Studies. From left are Alliyah Nay, Naatanii Mayo, Cavelila Wonhola and Sonni Shavings.

    Regents approve UAF College of Indigenous Studies

    May 24, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development is now the College of Indigenous Studies. The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved the name change at its May 23 meeting in Anchorage.

  • Professor Bruce Ervin headshot

    UAF to offer two new Athabascan language courses this fall

    May 17, 2024

    The Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will offer two new Native language courses for the fall 2024 semester.

  • Black and white photo from 1975 of a group of people. A man and woman in the front row hold diplomas, with four men standing in a row behind them. The group is in front of a partially obscured banner showing the University of Alaska logo.

    Kuskokwim Campus celebrates 50th commencement ceremony

    May 13, 2024

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks Kuskokwim Campus honored the Class of 2024 during its 50th commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, at the Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center in Bethel.

  • Five faculty awarded Dennis Demmert Award

    May 09, 2024

    Five faculty were honored in the Dennis Demmert Award ceremony hosted by Rural Student Services on Thur. April 25, 2024

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