Raven's Quest Summer Institute

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Summer 2006

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Staff/Peer Mentor

Summer Institute Director

RQSI 2006 - Staff

Dr. Patt Sandberg, Assistant Professor with UAA's Psychology Department, has served as the Raven's Quest Summer Institute (RQSI) Director since its inception 4 years ago. In addition to teaching two courses during the Summer Institute (Cultural Diversity in Behavioral Health and Behavioral Health Practicum), Dr. Sandberg invited many guest speakers to talk about cultural diversity, opportunities in the behavioral health field, and UA behavioral health academic programs. She also juggles a multitude of job shadowing sites with help from the Peer Mentors and provides endless academic and emotional support to Raven's Quest participants.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors assisted the Summer Institute Director by leading academic skill building workshops and providing support to the Raven's Quest participants. Each Peer Mentor worked with a small group and assisted them with research methods, writing processes and group presentations. Additionally, the Peer Mentors played an important role serving as a liaison between the participants and staff at the various job shadowing sites.

RQSI 2006 - Staff

Rebekah Moras is a senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is pursuing a double major in German language and psychology. Rebekah is the club council representative for the UAA Psi Chi chapter (National Honor Society in Psychology). She is interested in the disability rights movement, as well as dog mushing. She strives to one day become the executive director of an Alaskan behavioral health agency. Rebekah would like to tell all of the Raven's Quest 2006 students:"You are amazing people and my life is better because I have known you. Don't forget to take college one semester at a time. I know you can do it! Don't forget to invite me to your graduations, either."

RQSI 2006 - Staff

Carlee Ragsdale is currently working towards earning her Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Carlee was greatly inspired by her experiences as a Peer Mentor with the Raven's Quest Summer Institute, and hopes to one day work in rural Alaska. In the meantime, she is focusing on school, and spends her free time fishing, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and otherwise enjoying Alaska!

RQSI 2006 - Staff

Turner Vail is currently working towards his bachelor's degree in Psychology and is particularly interested in experimental psychology. He has also applied to join the Peace Corps. Turner was able to use skills he acquired working as a UAA Residence Life Peer Mentor during the previous winter to good use in working with the Raven's Quest students. He served as a great role model and problem solver for Raven's Quest students.

Program Manager

RQSI 2006 - Staff

As Program Manager, Janice Troyer is responsible for recruiting students statewide and coordinating the selection process for participants. She also oversees the logistics of the Summer Institute and supports the Summer Institute staff to ensure everything goes smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Janice has been with the program since its inception. When she is not at work during the summer, Janice especially enjoys kayaking or going hiking and backpacking with her dog Midnight.