Structural Racism and Anti-Racist Leadership Programs

by Jennifer Booz, Chief Diversity Officer  |   

With the generous support of the UAA Executive in Residence Program, the Chief Diversity Officer is providing programming to the UAA community on understanding systemic racism and becoming anti-racist leaders. The programs include the following:

  • Cabinet-level training on systemic racism and anti-racism leadership development.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 22.
  • A presentation/panel on systemic racism and anti-racism leadership for UAA faculty and staff. The panel will be led by national experts with equity leader panelists from Anchorage.
  • CDO Book Club: Open to UAA faculty, staff, students and alumni. October's book is How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram Kendi. Hardcover copies of the book will be provided as available by registration order.
    • Two opportunities to choose from: Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 10–11:30 a.m.; or Thursday, Oct. 29, from 6–7:30 p.m. Zoom link forthcoming.

UAA is partnering with national expert Daniel Juday as a lead speaker and facilitator for the Cabinet-level training and the faculty/staff presentation. Mr. Juday has a master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP). He has done trainings on diversity, equity and inclusion with Boeing, Discover, Honda, NAACP, Wendy’s, White Castle and dozens of universities.

Panelists:

  • Amber Christensen Fullmer is the director of Native Student Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as an Assistant Professor in the UAA Human Services Department. She holds a B.A. in sociology/psychology from UAA, a M.A. in community psychology from UAF and is completing her Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies at UAF.
  • Jocasta Gee Olp, Pharm.D., is diversity coordinator for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, as well as a practicing pharmacist and expert advisor at Jocasta Consulting. Ms. Gee Olp is a board member of the Alaska Black Caucus, a board member of the Anchorage Library Foundation and a member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
  • Kimberly Waller is the CEO of Women’s Power League of Alaska (WPLAK) and the first-ever director of Sultana, the fiscal sponsorship program of the Foraker Group. Kimberly was born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage. With a B.A. in mass media from New York University, Kimberly worked for NBC Digital, MTV Networks and iHeartMedia. She also holds an A.L.M. in journalism from Harvard University.  

For questions or additional information, please contact Chief Diversity Officer Jennifer Booz at jmbooz2@alaska.edu.

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