The University of Alaska Anchorage initiated a process to create a Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in 2016. This plan lays out seven major objectives to further diversify UAA and create a truly inclusive environment. It will serve the university through UAA 2020 and an accreditation self-study.

Learn More about the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

UAA Diversity Statement

  • UAA recognizes and values the diversity of our unique location in Southcentral Alaska, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiak, and Eyak peoples. 
  • The University fosters an inclusive, welcoming and respectful campus community that promotes diversity, civility, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of our academic community. UAA promotes and celebrates diversity through its academic and community support programs, clubs, committees, and councils. Intellectual honesty, mutual respect, and freedom from discrimination, intimidation, discriminatory harassment, and violence are central to our mission. 
  • We honor diverse experiences and perspectives—including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status—and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect. 
  • At UAA, valuing diversity is integral to excellence. Diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence, and outstanding service to our communities.

In the Spotlight  

UAA strives to support its unique and diverse community by employing faculty who come from a myriad of different backgrounds. Watch a video featuring four faculty members who have found a home at UAA.

"Alaska is the most beautiful place... there is such a substantial amount of diversity here - it makes it totally different than anything I've seen - that, right there, is just remarkable about this place."
-Terry Nelson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of Business & Public Policy 


Contact the Diversity Team


Caitlin Sporleder
Administrative Assistant for Student Success Initiatives
Office: ADM 214
Phone: 907-786-1473
Email: cmsporleder@alaska.edu

Jeane T'áaw xÍwaa Breinig, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor of Alaska Natives and Diversity
Office: ADM 221
Phone: 907-786-4358
Email: jmbreinig@uaa.alaska.edu

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