The 11-member University of Alaska Board of Regents, which has constitutional authority to set policy and management decisions for the University of Alaska educational system, will hold a public testimony session on Oct. 31 from 4-5 p.m.
The public testimony session provides all Alaskans the opportunity to speak directly to regents. Each caller will have two minutes to offer thoughts, concerns, feedback or updates on topics or issues related to the University of Alaska system.
The public testimony is being held in advance of the board’s Nov. 3-4 committee meetings and full board meeting on Nov. 10-11 at the UAF campus in Fairbanks.
During the full board meeting, Nov. 10-11, the regents are scheduled to hear a detailed brief as it reviews its Title IX compliance, which deals with policies and activities aimed at combating sex-based discrimination. During the meeting, the regents will hear about a whole host of activities, which university administrators have implemented across the state. These include implicit bias training, diversity equity and inclusion training for staff, student Safe Zones, racism and marginalization workshops, gender inclusion 101, LGBTQ+ history month activities, “Gay-mer Night,” and queer shopping nights, among others.
Regents will also discuss tuition and fee changes, the upcoming operating budget and capital improvement requests.
Members of the board of regents are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alaska Legislature for eight-year terms. Established through the Alaska Constitution, the board is responsible for University of Alaska policy and management through the University President.
— Before taking up these issues, the board will hear directly from Alaskans who can call 1-866-831-8713 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.
— In addition to the opportunity to provide public testimony, written testimony is accepted at any time, and is shared with the board and the president. Written testimony can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— To email or call regent board members individually, click here.
— The Nov. 11 agenda for the full board meeting can be found here.
— For more information, contact Roberta Graham, associate vice president of public affairs at 907-360-2416.