The Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award of $5,000 supports faculty to develop community-based research, creative activity, and course-based service-learning projects. The award seeks to encourage, inspire, and reward faculty at UAA for engaged scholarship that creates and sustains our community partnerships. Purposes of the award are to recognize community engagement projects with significant discipline-based scholarship, community partnership, and creativity in project design and implementation. The projects ultimately aim to improve the quality of life for Alaska residents and develop civic leadership, democracy, and social justice on campus and in the community.
2018 Selkregg Award Recipient
Hattie Harvey, Early Childhood Education
Community Partner: Cook Inlet Native Head Start & Cook Inlet Tribal Council Head Start
Bridging Efforts in Early Childhood Yup’ik Immersion Programming
Partnering with Cook Inlet Native Head Start and Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Early Head Start program, Dr. Harvey’s project recognizes the imperative to strengthen the quality and accessibility of early childhood programs in our state of Alaska. This collaboration continues foundational work by Dr. Harvey on early childhood development. It is designed to foster the exchange of information between teachers and families and to provide families with opportunities to engage with culturally-relevant Yup’ik activities and materials.
Curriculum materials will be organized into “Whole Child Yup’ik Curriculum Kits” and provided to teachers and a community site. Through this project, there will also be opportunities for Yup’ik literate learners in the College of Education to participate in the family engagement activities and the development of Yup’ik learning materials. The project is intended to serve as a foundation for the development of a larger network, Early Childhood Native Network for Immersion Programming, to address a state-wide need to connect resources for early childhood immersion programming.