With the pending retirement of Chancellor Karen Cary, the nine-member board of the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is searching for a replacement who will advance the “LGBTQ friendly” school’s diversity, equity, inclusion policies.
In 2019 UAS was recognized by the Campus Pride Index as the top LGBTQ-friendly college in Alaska. Noted in the award was the fact that UAS offers roommate matching for LGBTQ-friendly students and gender-inclusive restrooms. It has also been praised for providing so-called “Safe Zones” which resist ideas by students and staff who fail to demonstrate wholesale approval of the LGBTQ movement.
UAS also offers LGBTQ courses as part of its curriculum and allows students to change their gender identity for university records.
A job description for the chancellor opening states that any future chancellor will demonstrate “a record of commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity” – three words often cited across the country in promotional and job training materials that push LGBTQ sexuality and Critical Race Theory in educational and business environments.
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The UAS website does this with a video posted on its website that features a biological man, dressed as a woman, who claims that men who think they are women should be able to use women’s bathrooms. Another video deals with overcoming the “social constructs of race, privilege, micro-aggression, power and cultural humility,” all key aspects of Critical Race Theory – the notion that Americans are fundamentally racist on a subconscious level.
Additional links on the university website connect to LGBTQ activist organization in Alaska and across the nation.
The notice about the chancellor opening says that faculty, staff, students, alumni and community stakeholders will have “ample opportunity to voice their opinions to the search committee during the search process including participation in listening sessions with the final candidates.”
The next chancellor will be selected by University of Alaska President Pat Pitney this spring with the expectation of a start date of no later than July 1, 2023.