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UAS Power & Privilege Symposium

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:15 a.m.–7 p.m.
UAS Juneau Campus
Portions will be streamed live over the internet
Most Juneau classes will be cancelled (see below)

Call for Proposals - Due 10/17/2017

Please consider submitting a proposal to speak at the upcoming Power and Privilege Symposium, located on the Juneau Campus on November 7th. Sessions are 50 minutes in length, and can be targeted towards introductory up to advanced learners. UAS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Juneau community members are welcome to present.

Proposals require:

  • 150-word or less summary/abstract
  • Session title
  • A faculty sponsor for student presenters

Please contact Tara Olson or Nathan Bodenstadt respectively.

About the UAS Power and Privilege Symposium

The 2nd Annual UAS Power & Privilege Symposium is a one day conference-style teach-in designed to give members of the UAS & Southeast Alaska communities an opportunity to come together and engage in difficult, thoughtful, and honest conversation about the ways social hierarchies and identities manifest themselves in our communities. Discussions include those about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, body size, ability, mental illness, class, and their intersectionalities.

Most UAS Juneau classes will be cancelled to allow students and faculty the opportunity to attend and/or present at the Symposium. Check your class syllabus or talk with your professors to see if your classes will be cancelled on the day of the event.

While the Symposium will be held on the UAS Juneau campus, keynote speeches and a selection of breakout sessions will be available live via distance. Details will be added when available.


Date / TimeEventLocation
8:15–8:30 a.m.Continental BreakfastSpike's Cafe
8:30–8:45 a.m.Aak’w Kwaan WelcomeEgan Library
8:45–9:00 a.m.Event WelcomeEgan Library
9:00–9:50 a.m.Opening KeynoteEgan Library
10:00–10:50 a.m.Breakout Session 12nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
11:00–11:50 a.m.Breakout Session 22nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
12:00–12:50 p.m.Lunch (Catered)Lakeside Grill
1:00–1:50 p.m.Afternoon KeynoteEgan Library
2:00–2:50 p.m.Breakout Session 32nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
3:00–3:50 p.m.Breakout Session 42nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
4:00–4:50 p.m.Breakout Session 52nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
5:00–5:50 p.m.Dinner (Catered)Lakeside Grill
6–6:50 p.m.Evening KeynoteEgan Library

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers will be announced the week of October 9th.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session presenters will be announced the week of October 23rd.

Planning Committee Members

UAS Faculty

  • Alberta Jones
  • Amanda Sesko
  • Kathleen DiLorenzo
  • Lisa Hoferkamp
  • Robin Walz
  • Robin Gilcrist
  • Sol Neely
  • Lance (X̱ʼunei) Twitchell

UAS Staff

  • Tara Olson
  • Nathan Bodenstadt
  • Amanda Triplett
  • Amelia Emmens-Budd
  • Christopher Washko
  • Em Rademaker
  • Eric Scott
  • Gail Cheney
  • Gail Klein
  • Gloria Merry
  • Kolene James
  • Margie Thomson
  • Monika Kunat

UAS Students

  • Lyndi Hall
  • Kyle Martini
  • Kelly Gerlach

Juneau Community

  • Ati Nasiah
  • Morgan Stonecipher

2016 Event

The program, which includes the schedule, keynote speakers, and breakout session details, is available for download.

Keynotes and Recorded Sessions

All keynotes as well as select breakout sessions are available for viewing online. A list of available videos:

  • Áakʼw Ḵwáan Welcome with Marie Olson & Liana Wallace 
  • Opening Keynote - Manic Depression in America with Andrew James Archer, MSW, LCSW
  • Session 1 - Stereotyping and its Effects in Evaluative and Performance Domains with Amanda Sesko, Ph.D; Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAS
  • Session 2 - Rape Culture: Hiding in Plain Sight with Mandy O'Neal Cole, Deputy Director, AWARE Afternoon Keynote - Dancing Soverenignty: Reclaiming the Grease Trail Through Movement and Song with Mique'l Dangeli
  • Session 3 - How Anthologies Empower Communities by Weaving Literature with Politics with Martha Amore, Professor, UAA
  • Session 4 - Examining Climate Change through a Lens of Power & Privilege with a panel of UAS faculty, staff, and student representatives
  • Session 5 - The Act of Dreaming: Undocumented Students in the United States with Christina Gómez, Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Evening Keynote - Gender Transition: A Personal Change for One or a Paradigm Shift for Everyone? with Aidan Key


We would like to thank our generous event sponsors of the 2016 event:

  • UAS First Year Experience 
  • UAS Student Activities
  • UAS Native & Rural Student Center
  • UAS Counseling
  • NAMI