Urban in Alaska: A Creative Placemaking Initiative

The Center for Community Engagement & Learning at UAA and partner organizations host the Urban in Alaska conference and workshop for faculty, students, and community members to engage in dialogue about social issues and the design of public space...creative placemaking.  
This year includes community engagement projects across Alaska to feature urban & rural Alaska.


Urban & Rural in Alaska: Community Engagement at UAA

A conference and network for faculty, students & community members to engage in dialogue together.  

The conference will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a keynote welcome.  Morning breakout sessions will feature community-engaged projects with faculty, community partners and students presenting together in Rasmuson Hall classrooms. An extended lunch in the Student Union with community engagement "rapid fire" presentations by faculty across the curriculum, and we'll conclude the day with community networking sessions around different issue areas.  Community organizations will have tables set up to network with faculty and students around new projects or research as collaborations to address community issues.

Friday, March 27, 2015  |  9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
University of Alaska Anchorage | Student Union Cafeteria
Web registration has closed.  Onsite registration is available starting at 8:30 a.m.

Urban in Alaska Conf Panel Discussion 2014

Conference Schedule

 8:30a.m.Check in, breakfast available - Student Union Cafeteria
 9:00a.m.Keynote Welcome - Student Union Cafeteria:
Brit Szymoniak "Social Entrepreneurship for the Common Good"
Brit Szymoniak is a UAA graduate with a BA in Sociology and a University Honors Scholar. She is co-owner/operator of The Boardroom, Alaska's first co-working space, and a partner at Alyeska Venture Management, a venture capital firm focused on growing and financing Alaska entrepreneurs and startups. Actively engaged in the Anchorage community and at the state level, Brit excels at building networks, connecting people to their passions and empowering individuals to get involved. She is a founder of Lead:North, a professional development organization for young Alaskans that provides opportunities for emerging leaders to step up into key policy discussions and politics. 

Brit currently serves on the Board of Directors for Institute of the North and Anchorage Downtown Partnership and is the past President of the Anchorage Federation of Community Councils. She is a graduate of Leadership Anchorage and a recipient of the 2015 Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 Award. Brit's commitment to civic engagement continues with her coordination of internships at UAA as an adjunct instructor in the Civic Engagement Certificate program.
10:00-11:00Breakout Session 1 - Rasmuson Hall Classrooms
11:15-12:15Breakout Session 2 - Rasmuson Hall Classrooms
12:30-2:00Lunch with Rapid Fire Community Engagement Presentations - Student Union Cafeteria
2:00-3:30Community & Campus Networking Session - Student Union:
- Environment & Public Safety     - Youth & Education
- Women's Issues                         - Arts in the Community
- A Welcoming Community          - Homelessness & Substance Abuse

Advance web registration is now closed. Onsite registration is available starting at 8:30 a.m. Fri. in the Student Union Cafeteria.

Registration is free and open to the public. Parking is free.


And be sure to check out Tedx Anchorage the next day!
Energize Alaska: The Power Within - Industry, Story & Power
Saturday, March 28 from 12-7 p.m. at the Loussac Library Martson Theatre.


Urban & Rural in Alaska Conference presented by UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning and co-sponsored by the University Honors College and the College of Health.