How can our community bridge the civil legal justice gap?-Feb 5th

Thursday, February 5, 2015
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library Rm 307

Guest Agency: Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Topic: How can our community bridge the civil legal justice gap?

A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth. Note: fee for parking on campus (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/804058186324466/

Background on the topic and organization:
An unexpected life crisis can happen to anyone: a mother is regularly abused by her husband in front of her children in a remote rural village and does not have the financial means or support to leave; a 79 year old Alaska Native grandfather falls behind on his mortgage payment and struggles to care for his family while fearing the loss of their shelter; a fisherman takes out a $45,000 loan to have an out-of-state mechanic repair his boat, only to have it catch fire after the repairs are completed in the prime of fishing season; an Alaskan Veteran is denied federal benefits, even though his mental disabilities leave him homebound and unable to work in his rural community. For all of these problems there is a legal solution, but unfortunately paying for an attorney’s help is far beyond the reach of low-income individuals. These profiles represent the array of clients Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) assists on a daily basis. For them and thousands like them, ALSC is their only hope to access Alaska’s civil justice system.
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1967, ALSC’s mission is to assure meaningful access to justice for all Alaskans, not just those who can afford it. With 11 offices and 26 attorneys throughout the state, ALSC provides free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford to pay for it. ALSC strives to serve clients with the greatest social and economic need who live on an income that is less than 200 percent of the adjusted federal poverty guidelines for Alaska. Clients we assist are facing critical civil legal issues ranging from consumer law, family law, housing problems, public benefits, healthcare complications, tribal law, and other areas specific to veterans or the elderly. Legal guidance is provided by staff attorneys, as well as Pro Bono volunteer lawyers who donate their time and expertise to further our efforts. Additionally, ALSC provides self-help resources to help individuals independently navigate the court system. Our legal experts publish information on an assortment of issues, offer community legal education, and refer clients to other social services as needed.
Many Alaskans do not realize that our state (like the rest of the nation) is facing a justice gap and that this impacts residents in social and economic distress and the communities in which they live. Recent reports estimate that 63,500 legal problems are experienced each year by individuals who are eligible for legal assistance from ALSC, but despite our best efforts we are unable to meet their needs. ALSC cannot stand against the justice gap alone. In order to expand our current ability to bridge the justice gap in our state, we want to raise awareness about this issue and inform Alaskans that this is a prevalent and expanding problem. ALSC wants to explore with the community new ways to bridge Alaska’s justice gap.

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p 907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu

#Oopsism: Communicating Effectively Across Cultures in the 21st Century’ workshop, Jan. 30

#Oopsism: Communicating Effectively Across Cultures in the 21st Century’ workshop, Jan. 30

Friday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Do you recall a moment when words escaped from your mouth that made you wish you had a delete key? In this interactive workshop, participants will focus on how innocent remarks shaped by society’s negative and positive stereotypes are deemed as subtle “isms” (sexism, racism, elitism, ageism, homophobism, etc.) rather than miscommunication or misconception. Participants will learn how to manage and defuse future “Oops, that’s not what I meant!” moments. Register for the workshop to learn how to turn an oopsism into a positive learning moment for all involved.

For more information and the registration link, visit myoopsism.commons.uaa.alaska.edu. Seating is limited; early registration is encouraged. Lunch will be provided.

Special guest lecture with Fulbright Scholar and Indigenous Studies Professor Beth Leonard, Feb. 11

Special guest lecture with Fulbright Scholar and Indigenous Studies Professor Beth Leonard, Feb. 11

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6–7 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Beth Leonard, an associate professor of indigenous studies at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a guest lecture on reclaiming Indigenous spaces in higher education.

Beth Leonard is Deg Hit’an Athabascan and originally from Shageluk, Alaska. Leonard’s research interests include Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies, Athabascan linguistics and oral traditions.

Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies hosted Beth Leonard for her five-month Fulbright New Zealand teaching and research scholarship. She co-instructed a joint VUW/UAF videoconference course, “Indigenous Knowledge and Science,” with her faculty host, Dr. Ocean Mercier, and conducted research titled: “Getiy ngiłnath ts’i xiduxodinigi’anh (I am trying to learn for a very long time): Understanding Maori and indigenous spaces at tertiary institutions in Aotearoa, New Zealand.”

In this presentation, Leonard will examine indigenous initiatives at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, highlighting the cultural contexts within each setting. Her presentation will include an overview of the videoconference course and discussion of data collected through interviews with VUW faculty and former students.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by CAS Office of the Dean and Alaska Native Studies.

For more information, visit the UAA Alaska Native Studies website.

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Cabin Fever Debates-Jan 27

Cabin Fever Debates
The Seawolf Debate team is proud to present the tenth annual Cabin Fever Debates Intramural Debating Tournament. Held each year in the spring semester, the Cabin Fever Debates provide UAA students not active on the competitive Seawolf Team the opportunity to give academic debating a try. Designed for students with little or no competitive experience, the tournament will expose you to the fundamentals of debating and offer the chance to compete for a great prize package. All debates are open to the public. For more information, check out our website at cabinfeverdebates.uaa.alaska.edu.
When
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

The UAA Chancellor’s Cabinet and the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network announce the application process to represent UAA at the Bryn Mawr or Denver HERS Summer Institute for women leaders in higher education. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13, 2014. Visit the HERS website for more information.

Informational sessions will be held:
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3–4 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10–11 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

The sessions will cover:

A brief introduction to the HERS Summer Institutes;
Experiences of recent participants;
The UAA internal application process; and
The vision of the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network.
Community campuses:
Please contact Kaytlyn Church at kmchurch@uaa.alaska.edu by Oct. 10 to set up a video link.

For questions:
Please contact Vice Provost Susan Kalina (smkalina@uaa.alaska.edu), Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Dewain Lee (dllee@uaa.alaska.edu) or Associate Dean Hilary Seitz (hjseitz@uaa.alaska.edu).

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“North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska’s Emerging Frontiers.”-Oct 16

Fran Ulmer, former UAA Chancellor and Special Advisor to the U.S. State Department on Arctic Science and Policy, is the opening keynote for the upcoming Alaska Law Review symposium – “North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska’s Emerging Frontiers.”

Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy, will give the luncheon keynote.

William Hensley
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library LIB 307
Cost: FREE
Parking: Free in the large lot by the Alaska Airlines Center – across the street from the Library.

Rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic present challenges to Alaska’s leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts. This symposium starts a conversation about these issues.

Panel topics include:
“Alaska Native Participation in the Territorial Governance of the North”
“Managing the Multinational Development of the Arctic North”
“Regulatory Oversight of Alaska’s Arctic Shores”
Panelists:
Barrett Ristroph, The Wilderness Society
Mara Kimmel, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
Betsy Baker, University of Washington School of Law
Mike Levine, Oceana
Barry Zellen, Visiting Fellow, Institute of the North

The Alaska Law Review is published by Duke University School of Law for the Alaska Bar Association.

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center. Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the faculty advisor for this event.

The Alaska Bar Association has approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.

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How can we spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?-Oct 9

Think Tank Series: an interactive community engagement experience

Thursday, October 9
1:00-2:15 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Housing Anchorage (a collaboration that includes: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Anchorage Community Development Authority, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Rasmuson Foundation and United Way of Anchorage)

Topic: How can we spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?

A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth.
Note: fee for parking on campus (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/568404549948206/

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HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

The UAA Chancellor’s Cabinet and the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network announce the application process to represent UAA at the Bryn Mawr or Denver HERS Summer Institute for women leaders in higher education. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13, 2014. Visit the HERS website for more information.

Informational sessions will be held:
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3–4 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10–11 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

The sessions will cover:

A brief introduction to the HERS Summer Institutes;
Experiences of recent participants;
The UAA internal application process; and
The vision of the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network.
Community campuses:
Please contact Kaytlyn Church at kmchurch@uaa.alaska.edu by Oct. 10 to set up a video link.

For questions:
Please contact Vice Provost Susan Kalina (smkalina@uaa.alaska.edu), Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Dewain Lee (dllee@uaa.alaska.edu) or Associate Dean Hilary Seitz (hjseitz@uaa.alaska.edu).

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How can we spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?-Oct. 9

Think Tank Series: an interactive community engagement experience

Thursday, October 9
1:00-2:15 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Housing Anchorage (a collaboration that includes: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Anchorage Community Development Authority, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Rasmuson Foundation and United Way of Anchorage)

Topic: How can we spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?

A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth.
Note: fee for parking on campus (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/568404549948206/

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p
907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu
www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage
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facebook.com/uaaccel

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Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA

Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA
September 10, 2014
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left devastation in its wake and claimed the life of Montgomery “Monty” Dickson. A 2009 graduate of UAA with a degree in Japanese, he was teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at the time of his death. In his memory, UAA Professor Hiroko Harada and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California San Diego, Sacramento State University, California State University Long Beach and Memphis University collaborated to produce a new, freely accessible textbook for future students of the language generously funded by the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership.

Scholarworks@UA, the University of Alaska’s Institutional Repository, was selected by the group for publication and distribution of their work based on its ability to provide open access to the world of teachers and students at no cost. In addition, Scholarworks@UA provides comprehensive descriptive metadata with indexing by major search engines and niche library databases alike to ensure that prospective users of the textbook are always able to find it regardless of their search preferences.

The end product, Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow, can be found on Scholarworks@UA by teachers, students and other interested parties worldwide. More information on how to publish, deposit and archive your work visit https://scholarworks.alaska.edu

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