UAS Alaska Native Student Success Specialist Hired
March 21, 2022
This position supports the University of Alaska system Alaska Native Success Initiative (ANSI) and the UAS priority of attracting and retaining Alaska Native students and community engagement.
Quoting a news release, UAS takes pride in having the distinction of Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI) status based upon its twenty percent (20%) Alaska Native student enrollment.
Carlson brings exceptional experience to this role. “My personal background as a first generation, rural, Alaska Native university student at the University of Alaska Southeast has greatly contributed to my six years of success in my previous position as the Rural Admissions Counselor and will continue to aid in my success as the new Alaska Native Retention Specialist."
Carlson said, "I am Unangax (Aleut) from Sand Point, Alaska where my family still resides. I received my Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social Science and Communications from UAS in 2017. I have been working directly with rural Alaskan students and communities across the state of Alaska since the fall of 2016. I have readily accepted the challenge to recruit students here to UAS and look forward to a new challenge to retain these students and see them not only succeed here at UAS but thrive."
Carlson will graduate with her Master of Arts in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May. Her graduate research focuses on barriers in postsecondary education for Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan students. This research has only expanded her expertise and further fueled her passion to better the education system.
“I am passionate and driven to make higher education a more safe, welcoming, and equitable space for Alaska Native and Rural Alaskan students. I am honored to have been offered such an important position at UAS to do this work. I look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead,” she remarked.
UAS Chancellor Karen Carey added, “Ms. Carlson is the right person, at the right time, for this position. Her work as a UAS recruiter has been outstanding and I know she has the knowledge and skills to ensure success for all Alaska Native students.”
Edited By: Mary Kauffman, SitNews