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

ANSI Leadership


UAA Executive Director of Alaska Native Education and Outreach 

(907) 786-1853

Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff has worked at University of Alaska Anchorage since 2007. She has committed her career to improving Alaska Nativesuccess and in October 2021 stepped into her current position, as partof the UAA’s Chancellor’s cabinet. 

UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education 

(907) 474-5860

Charlene Stern was named vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education in December 2021 after having served as interim vice chancellor starting in January 2021. She has taught in UAF’s Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development since 2014.

Stern holds a bachelor’s degree in American cultural studies from Western Washington University, a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate in Indigenous studies from UAF.

Before joining UAF, Stern worked as a rural planner providing technical assistance to tribal and municipal governments in Alaska.

Stern is vice president of the Tanana Chiefs Conference and a board member with the Fairbanks Native Association. 

Stern grew up in Fairbanks and Arctic Village. She is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Venetie Tribal Government.

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

(907) 796-6058

Ronalda Cadiente Brown, M.A., was appointed associate vicechancellor for Alaska Native Programs in 2019. She reports directly tothe chancellor and provides executive-level leadership at UAS inadvancing programs and services supporting Alaska Native students.