National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)

In early 2007, the UAA Faculty Senate Diversity Committee and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ) worked collaboratively to devise a plan to create a Diversity Team at UAA in an effort to create an inclusive and supportive campus environment.  Working with the National Coalition Building Institute was part of the charge for the creation of a long-range action plan for the institution. This effort became the catalyst for several training efforts and the establishment of UAA's NCBI Campus Affiliate in January 2008 (following our first "Train-the-Trainer" session).

UAA's team's talented mix of administrators, faculty, students, and staff from varying disciplines are committed to advancing the mission of NCBI and using its methodology both inside and outside the classroom to respond to issues of discrimination, oppression, and controversial issues that may occur on-campus.


Team Members

Executives: Ron Kamahele, Dewain Lee

Faculty: Robert Boeckmann, Jeane Breinig, Patricia Fagan, Dave Fitzgerald, Songho Ha, Hiroko Harada, Zeynep Kilic, Natasa Masanovic, Deborah Narang, Kimberly Pace, Karen Roth, Steve Wang 

Staff: Maria Bonifacio- Sample , Karen Haddock, Victoria Hillwig, Meredith McIntire, Theresa Lyons, Dana Bonifacio-Sample, Katy Sanders-Wright , Diane Taylor, Andre Thorn, Marva Watson, Stephanie Whaley

Students: Max Bullock, Terri Coker

Involvement with Our NCBI Affiliate
Monthly chapter meetings are opportunities for NCBI UAA members to develop their individual leadership skills in a cooperative setting. Led by the Director, chapter meetings focus on learning new information about oppression, practicing NCBI workshop model, strategizing, and individual growth while gaining support and suggestions from peer leaders. Chapter meetings are open to anyone who has attended a 3-day Train-the-Trainer (TTT).
  For additional information about NCBI International, the training modules, and workshops, please visit their website at


NCBI Workshops

Social Inclusion and Equity Workshop

This one-day workshop shows how participants have been taught to think and act as members of their racial, gender, and other identity groups and provides skills for bridging differences.

Social Inclusion and Equity: Train-the-Trainer

This three-day workshop teaches participants how to lead the Welcoming Diversity Workshop.


For more information on the workshops offered by NCBI you may access that information at Workshop Descriptions.