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Community Engagement

Community engagement refers to both individual contributions of faculty, staff, and students, as well as engagement of the institution as a whole within local communities, the region, and the state. At the individual level, this core theme calls on members of the UAS community to take full advantage of opportunities to engage within the university and the broader community. At the institutional level, people look to UAS as a driver for economic development and a venue for social and cultural activities.



Provide programs and services that connect local, state, national, and international entities on programs, events, services, and research that respond to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs and resources of Southeast Alaska.


INDIVIDUAL ENGAGEMENT Foster an environment that promotes student, alumni, faculty, and staff participation in identifying needs and contributing to local, state, national, and international community solutions with special emphasis on Southeast Alaska.
Demonstrate an institutional commitment to promoting better understanding of local, state, national, and international community needs and providing solutions with special emphasis on Southeast Alaska.

Theme in Action

UAS’ commitment to community engagement is reflected in the workload of every full time faculty member. Each dedicates a portion of work time to public service.  For example, faculty share their expertise and collaborate with industry, host public forums such as Evening at Egan, and engage in community leadership. These activities also serve to enhance student learning.

Our community partnerships allow us to provide students with learning opportunities outside the conventional classroom. These internship opportunities create career pathways. For example biology students frequently collaborate with the Sitka Sound Science Center, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Students seeking employment in the trades collaborate with local construction and mining companies, marine industry, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Business and Public Administration students benefit from proximity to local and state government through apprenticeships, and Education students collaborate with school districts statewide.