Alaska Native Success Initiative
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
Dr. Pearl Brower
Senior Advisor for Alaska Native Success, Institutional Diversity and Student Engagement
Dr. Pearl Brower joined the UA president's cabinet in August 2021. Sheadvises leaders across the university system on critical issues, includingengaging with the Alaska Native Studies Council, UA for Racial Justice,and other university affiliated groups to develop strategies for progress.
Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff
UAA Executive Director of Alaska Native Education and Outreach
Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff has worked at University of Alaska Anchoragesince 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.
Dr. Charlene Stern
UAF Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education
Dr. Charlene Stern was named interim vice chancellor for rural,community and Native education in January 2021. She has taught inUAF’s Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Developmentsince 2014, and recieved a doctorate in Indigenous studies from UAF.
Ronalda Cadiente Brown
UAS Associate Vice Chancellor for Alaska Native Programs & Director, PITAAS
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.