UA Interim President Pitney to present at AFN

Dec. 3, 2021

University of Alaska Interim President Pat Pitney will present at this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives conference to be held December 13-14. 

The annual convention serves as the principal forum and voice for the Alaska Native community in addressing critical issues of public policy and government. The convention convenes thousands of official delegates and participants from membership organizations across the state.

This year’s Convention theme is “ANCSA at 50: Empowering Our Future.”

In 2019, AFN asked the university system to publish an annual report sharing progress on the enrollment, persistence and success of Alaska Native students. In 2020, the UA Board of Regents charged university leaders to delve deeper and to identify barriers, challenges and opportunities for Alaska Native success at our universities. 

Since then, the Alaska Native Success Initiative has progressed, with committees taking time to review current assessments and identify areas for improvement and success. Each university has an action plan for implementing the changes they want to see on their campuses.

President Pitney will discuss this initiative and other areas of university dedication to the empowered future of Alaska Native students, staff and faculty in her address at the convention. 

A full agenda of the convention will be available closer to the date at