Alaska Native Success Initiative

Alaska Native graduate in traditional clothes

The University of Alaska System, guided by the Board of Regents, is committed to improving the participation and success of Alaska Natives through educational achievement statewide, and improving Alaska Native representation and success throughout the University of Alaska system.

Strategic Plan 2022 - 2027

We have an action plan for each university to address and overcome challenges and institute the changes we want to see to address the glaring equity gaps we see in the data on our native students, and increase the diversity of our entire system.  We will recruit and hire Indigenous faculty and staff to have a workforce that reflects our Alaska Native population which is about 20% in the state. The more integrated we are -- the more diversity that we have in all of our programs -- the stronger we become.

University Action Plans

Michele Yatchmeneff
Michele Yatchmeneff

Action Team Lead: UAA

UAA Executive Director of Alaska Native Education and Outreach

Jessica Black
Jessica Black

Action Team Lead: UAF

UAF Associate Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education

Ronalda Cadiente Brown
Ronalda Cadiente Brown

Action Team Lead: UAS

UAS Associate Vice Chancellor for Alaska Native Programs & Director, PITAAS

ANSI Leadership

Memry Dahl
Memry Dahl

Senior Advisor: ANSI

UA Chief Human Resources Officer & Senior Advisor for the Alaska Native Success Initiative

Kristel Komakhuk

Senior Director, Alaska Native Success and Partnerships

University of Alaska, System Office