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.
2019 Selkregg Award Recipients
Department of Writing
Community Partner: Anchorage Museum
Close-Looking: Building Skills for Writing and Observation with the Anchorage Museum
Professor Barnes’s project focuses on bridging the divide between writing and art. This collaborative project designed in partnership with the Anchorage Museum will bring students to the museum and teach them about Alaskan art, careers, and writing opportunities associated with art exhibits, culture, and community outreach. As part of the collaboration, museum staff and community leaders will present three lectures/discussions at UAA regarding ethical acquisitions and the roles of museums in communities. The students’ cumulative course projects will give them multiple opportunities to respond creatively to art in the museum in a public venue. Student-created audio projects about museum objects will be available to the public on the museum website.
School of Nursing
Community Partner: Central Lutheran Church
Interprofessional Academic Service-Learning Student-Led Free Clinic
Dr. Burdette-Taylor’s project expands a foot and wound care clinic for the homeless of Anchorage into a primary care clinic. The clinic will increase the number of providers skilled in administering specialized care and remove barriers for the homeless in need of care. This is an interprofessional academic service-learning model that brings together a collaboration among the WWAMI School of Medicine, UAA’s School of Nursing, Central Lutheran Church and community outreach partnerships. Faculty, students, and community partners will provide medical and psychosocial services at Central Lutheran Church. Students will be offering clinical and emotional care while completing clinical course objectives and learning about interdisciplinary care, social justice issues, and developing an understanding of the values of community service.
Past Award Recipients
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. 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.
2017 Selkregg Award Recipient
Jamie Elswick, WWAMI
Community Partner: Central Lutheran Church
"Mobile Foot Clinic for Anchorage’s Homeless Population"
Elswick’s project “Mobile Foot Clinic for Anchorage’s Homeless Population” brings together a collaboration among the WWAMI School of Medicine, UAA’s Nursing faculty, Central Lutheran Church and local outreach partnerships to deliver mobile basic foot, nail, and wound care to Anchorage’s vulnerable homeless population. UAA medical and nursing students will be trained and gain valuable experience and awareness of issues facing vulnerable populations. This project will increase the number of providers skilled in administering specialized care and remove barriers to clients receiving needed treatment. Students will provide mobile foot care at local service locations, including self-care outreach with personal care kits and allow for on-site care of common foot and wound care to decrease associated health issues. In addition to increasing access to services, this project will instill values of community service and outreach among the next generation of medical practitioners.
2016 Selkregg Award Recipient
Ian Hartman, History
Community Partner: Cook Inlet Historical Society (CIHS)
"A Comprehensive Study of African American and Civil Rights History in Southcentral Alaska"
Professor Hartman is deepening an existing partnership with the Cook Inlet Historical Society and building a network of contacts in the NAACP/Anchorage chapter, Shiloh Baptist Church of Alaska and the Martin Luther King Foundation of Alaska to provide African American community leaders, activists, and working people an opportunity to share their stories and reflections of life in Anchorage.
The archival research and oral history interviews will emphasize the migration of African Americans to Alaska prior to and during World War II, housing and employment discrimination, mobilization and activism of African Americans during the Civil Rights Era, and the impact and legacy of discrimination into the present. The project will showcase Anchorage as a diverse city with a rich, multicultural history, advancing a new and exciting interpretation of the city. The research will be incorporated into curriculum on the history of Alaska and a new course entitled History of Race and Ethnicity in the American West, bringing together students, community members and educators with an explicit mission to shed light on a history that has remained in the shadows.
2015 Selkregg Award Recipient
Kathryn Ohle, Early Childhood Education
Community Partner: Unite for Literacy and Head Start
Professor Ohle's project "Supporting the Preservation of Native Languages and Encouraging Early Literacy with Children's Books" seeks to provide children's books to families, children, and teachers in Alaska Native languages through the use of a free digital library with translated texts, as delivered through UniteForLiteracy.com.
Linguistically unique educational needs are especially prominent in Alaska, as Native students currently have lower rates in literacy achievement and higher rates of high school dropouts than any other group of students. The need to preserve Alaska Native languages might be even greater, for the average Alaska Native tongue has fewer than 1,000 speakers, the majority of whom are over the age of 70.
Dr. Ohle's work with language preservation and early literacy is based on recommendations from the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council. Promoting whole family learning and speaking, with a focus on early childhood literacy, is a best practice for reinforcing Alaska Native languages and culture.
2014 Selkregg Award Recipient
Rebecca Robinson, Psychology
Partner: Refugee and Immigration Services Program (RAIS), Catholic Social Services
Professor Robinson continues a longstanding partnership with RAIS that began while she was a graduate student in clinical/community psychology. For the next year, she proposes to complete a local needs assessment for the refugee populations in Anchorage by gathering qualitative data from refugees and community organizations that serve refugees. A PhotoVoice project with refugees, combining photography with grassroots social action, will provide insight into how they conceptualize their circumstances and help solve problems they face.
James Fitterling, Psychology
Partners: Homeward Bound, Anchorage Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, First Covenant Church of Anchorage
Professor Fitterling designed a partnership that brings organizations together with volunteer homeless individuals in building adequate housing for Anchorage families unable to obtain conventional house financing. His past experience as chief of a chemical dependence treatment program in Mississippi demonstrated the therapeutic rationale for providing people with opportunities to engage in productive activities. He will replicate a similar collaboration in Anchorage, including qualitative research and a PhotoVoice project.
2012 Selkregg Award Recipient
Irasema Ortega, Elementary Education and Language Education
Community Partners: Kashunamiut School District, College of Education
Professor Ortega’s work strengthened an existing partnership between the Kashunamiut School District and the College of Education. Ortega collaborated on curriculum for Alaska Native teachers to teach science from Native and Western perspectives, including knowledge of the elders and promoting a more harmonious, sustainable view of the natural world.
2011 Selkregg Award Recipient
Tracey Burke, Social Work
Community Partner: Food Bank of Alaska
Professor Burke worked with UAA students to conduct research with the users of food pantries and to produce a series of “Day in the Life” sketches of poverty and hunger. By partnering with the Food Bank of Alaska and associated agencies, Burke and students identified challenges and opportunities for new strategies to reduce hunger for Anchorage families.
2010 Selkregg Award Recipient
Cathy Sullivan, Nursing
Community Partners: Catholic Social Services, Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services (RAIS), and the Refugee Youth Choir in Mountain View.
The Refugee Youth Choir is composed of children and teens from many different countries, including Somalia, Bhutan, Sudan, and Iraq. Professor Sullivan and a group of senior nursing students worked with these young people to identify and address health concerns affecting themselves and their families. Some of the concerns included dealing with the stress of relocation to a new country, building positive peer support networks, avoiding harmful behaviors, and accessing health care in a new and very different land. This community health learning experience increased the students' awareness of diversity in Anchorage and gave them hands-on practice with some of the ways health care providers must adapt to meet the needs of new immigrants.