Created in 1990 as Minority Student Services, the University of Alaska planted the seed of support to underrepresented minority students at the campus that would then grow into an operating support center. In 1994, the UAA Minority Student Services evolved into AHAINA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, International and Native American) Student Programs. Mrs. Vara Allen Jones served as the director of AHAINA Student Programs from 1994 to 1998 and cultivated AHAINA as a safe haven for at risk students.
The vision of the Multicultural Center is to promote academic and personal growth of traditionally underserved students or URMs. We encourage all students to fully engage the university community, including active participation in student clubs and organizations, programs, services, leadership opportunities and working with faculty, staff and administrators to facilitate informed decision making. The UAA Multicultural Center is open to collaborate with stakeholders throughout the entire campus community to create an institutional and community climate of justice, promote access and equity in higher education and offer programs that educate the campus about diversity and intercultural issues.
The mission of the Multicultural Center is to provide programs and services designed to facilitate access, persistence, success and graduation of URMs at the UAA. We encourage students to give careful consideration to their academic and personal goals leading them to take responsibility for their academic choices and decisions.