Created in 1990 as Minority Student Services, the University of Alaska planted the seed of support to underrepresented minority students at the campus that would then grow into an operating support center.  In 1994, the UAA Minority Student Services evolved into AHAINA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, International and Native American) Student Programs. Mrs. Vara Allen Jones served as the director of AHAINA Student Programs from 1994 to 1998 and cultivated AHAINA as a safe haven for at risk students.
With the arrival of its current director, E. Andre Thorn in 2011, the AHAINA Student Program was reorganized.The Multicultural Center was refocused to provide services to all underrepresented minority students (URMs) and still houses AHAINA Student Programs as a signature program and now focuses its efforts on URM students who are Junior and Senior level, combined with the Seawolf Success Program which focuses on first and second year URM students. Our Center continues to support our semi-annual Graduation Celebrations, collaborations with community and campus organizations, in addition to our culturally relevant speakers/events for students at the UAA.
We look forward to working with you individually or through one or more of our events as we continue to focus our efforts on student retention, success and graduation!



The vision of the Multicultural Center is to promote academic and personal growth of traditionally underserved students or URMs. We encourage all students to fully engage the university community, including active participation in student clubs and organizations, programs, services, leadership opportunities and working with faculty, staff and administrators to facilitate informed decision making. The UAA Multicultural Center is open to collaborate with stakeholders throughout the entire campus community to create an institutional and community climate of justice, promote access and equity in higher education and offer programs that educate the campus about diversity and intercultural issues.



The mission of the Multicultural Center is to provide programs and services designed to facilitate access, persistence, success and graduation of URMs at the UAA.  We encourage students to give careful consideration to their academic and personal goals leading them to take responsibility for their academic choices and decisions.
We believe that through purposeful engagement in programs, services, activities and organizations, all UAA students can not only enroll and matriculate, but GRADUATE from the UAA.  At the UAA Multicultural Center, we have a growing suite of intellectual, cultural, and social programming designed to facilitate a welcoming environment, effective student engagement and ultimately student success!