Highlights from ENGAGE Week 2014

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  • Dr Jeff Hou lecture
  • food conference poster session
  • Rachel Second Bridge session
  • Ira and Megan Second Bridge Chevak project session
  • What is it to be a Student Leader forum
  • Dialogues for Public Life
  • Think Tank Nov 7
  • Careers for socially minded students

4th Annual ENGAGE Week 
November 2-7, 2014

What is ENGAGE Week?

ENGAGE Week features dialogues, panels, workshops, and events that highlight community engagement and leadership.  Feel free to attend as many activities as possible.  These events are open to all campus and community members.


ENGAGE Week Schedule of Events:

Nov 2

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Urbanism Workshop
with Jeff Hou & the Alaska Design Forum
1:00-4:00 p.m. - Anchorage Museum Reynolds Classroom
Details and registration (registration currently full)

Nov 3

What is it to be a Student Leader?
Join Faculty Mentors & Student Leader Groups for an interactive dialogue across several student leadership programs currently running/planned at UAA.
1:00-2:30 p.m. - Student Union Lyla Richards Rm

Making a Welcoming Community: Inclusive Practices of Community Participation and Design
Join Dr. Jeff Hou, University of Washington, for a keynote address for ENGAGE Week with a theme of "A Welcoming Community." Dr. Hou is department chair of Landscape Architecture with a background in planning and creative place-making and has published extensively on the design of communities for inclusion and public participation. 
6:00-8:00 p.m. - Rasmuson Hall Rm 117  Note: free parking for this event in the West Campus Central lot (north side of RH) or Sports Northwest lots only.

Nov 4


Oh, The Places You Will Go: A Second Bridge Scholarship Experience 
Rachel Wintz, a UAA Sociology &Civic Engagement Certificate alumnus, will give a talk on her Second Bridge experience and the places and experiences this led her to, including trips to Guatemala, Peru, & Colombia and her current application for an Institute of Current World Affairs Fellowship.
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - Student Union Lyla Richards Rm.

Education in Rural Alaska:A Faculty-Student Outreach Project in Chevak
Megan Marquis, the Second Bridge Scholarship winner for 2014 will present with Dr. Irasema Ortega on the work that they completed this summer in Chevak, AK as a part of an ongoing community-engaged project with this rural Alaskan village.
1:00-2:15 p.m. - Student Union Lyla Richards Rm. 

Nov 5

The Washington Center: Semester in Washington D.C.
Two UAA student participants from Summer 2014 will describe their experiences completing the semester in D.C., joined by Sara Clement Biggs, Director of Admissions at The Washington Center. Interested faculty & students are encouraged to attend.Scholarships have been available for Alaska students each year.
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Student Union Lyla Richards Rm.

UAA celebrates Alaska Native/Native American Heritage Month
Join in a "Share the Spirit" celebration reception including a luncheon, speaker, and Alaska Native dance.
12:00-2:00 p.m. - Student Union Cafeteria

Dialogues for Public Life - Over the Edge: When the substances we use become a problem
Join Drs. Stephanie Bauer, Philosophy & Donna Aguiniga, Social Work along with their trained Community-Engaged Student Assistants (CESAs) as moderators for a deliberative community forum designed to address a critical community issue. The topic to be addressed using a National Issues Forum approach is on substance abuse. Bauer &Aguiniga are a part of a Kettering Foundation cohort this year in training university and community members to discuss public issues in civil discourse.
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Student Union South Cafeteria

Nov 6

Think Tank: Refugee Resettlement in Alaska
Guest agency: Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS), a program of Catholic Social Services
Focus question: How can our community support the transition and integration of refugees resettling in Anchorage?
Join Jessica Kovarik, State Refugee Coordinator for Alaska & Director of the RAIS program for an interactive brainstorming session.
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. - UAA Consortium Library Rm 307

Career Opportunities for Socially-Minded Students
Co-sponsored by the UAA Career Services Center and CCEL, this interactive dialogue will feature several of our UAA alumni to speak to the varied positions that students might anticipate filling out of a vision and passion for non-profit or public work.  Panel includes: Christi Bell, Director of  the Business Enterprise Institute-UAA Ctr. for Economic Development, Katie Bender, Community & Public Relations Officer at Northrim Bank, John Guintu, Community Engagement Coordinator at NeighborWorks Anchorage.
5:30-7:00 p.m. - Rasmuson Hall Rm 122

Nov 7

Dialogues for Public Life - World Café
Emerging from Wednesday evening's session, this World Café session will explore in more depth some of the important themes of the Community Forum discussion. Trained CESAs will lead and facilitate.
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Student Union South Cafeteria

Alaska Food Policy Conference
This two-day conference will be held at the Lucy Cuddy Center on Friday &Saturday. It is hosted by UAA Health Sciences and will feature a poster session coordinated by CCEL on Friday and Food Trucks on Saturday. Admission fee for conference and festival.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - Lucy Cuddy Hall

ENGAGE Week 2014 Flyer
ENGAGE Week Flyer

ENGAGE Week Facebook Event Page

Thank you to all of the partners and sponsors that make ENGAGE Week happen:  
UAA Career Services Center, UAA Ethics Center, Alaska Airlines, Moose's Tooth