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UAA Diversity Action Council announces Student Diversity Award recipients

 |  Matt Jardin  |  , ,

Social work master’s student Jay Greene (pronouns: they/them, he/him) believes in system reform through policy, as evidenced in their work with UAA’s LGBTQIA2S+ Committee and Gender Inclusive Housing Committee. Greene was a recipient of the Student Diversity Scholarship.

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MSW student Ian Foster release short documentary titled Modern Subsistence

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  | 

Set in beautiful northwest Alaska, Modern Subsistence is a documentary short by Ian Foster, a University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work master's student. Foster explores questions with modern hunter-gatherers in an effort to discover if/how ancient customs and modern society can coexist.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Ashley O'Connor on Pet Ownership

 |  University of Alaska Anchorage  | 

If you have pets, Ashley O'Connor, School of Social Work assistant professor, has some tips for how to care for them during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is it important to practice social distancing between other people and your pets, but it's also recommended to interact with them to alleviate stress. She also advises anyone considering getting a new pet to help animal shelters by fostering them.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Amana Mbise on Supporting Families

 |  University of Alaska Anchorage  | 

Amana Mbise, postdoctoral fellow in the UAA College of Health School of Social Work, talks about how to support families during a crisis, including providing accurate information about how to stay safe and helping people experience normal conversations.

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Ask a UAA Expert: Vanessa Meade on Mindfulness and Meditation

 |  University of Alaska Anchorage  | 

What is mindfulness, and how can it help us when we're caught up in our thoughts or emotions? Vanessa Meade, assistant professor in the College of Health School of Social Work, explains the importance of being in the present and recognizing habits we've created out of what we have done in the past.