This presentation will take place Thursday, 7 April 2022, 7:00-8:30 p.m. AKDT in room 307 of the University of Alaska/Alaska Pacific University Consortium Library in Anchorage, Alaska and online via Zoom.
Registration is required for both in-person and online attendance. Space is limited for in-person attendance and masks are required.
Dr. Itchuaqiyaq is an Iñupiaq scholar from the NANA region and an assistant professor of professional and technical writing at Virginia Tech. Her parents are Gladys Pungowiyi (Wells) from Noorvik and the late Caleb Pungowiyi from Savoonga. She attended Kotzebue Elementary and Kotzebue Middle High School, and received her bachelor's from Harvard, her master's degree from Idaho State, and her doctorate from Utah State.
Dr. Itchuaqiyaq's research centers on equitable and respectful academic practices, especially with regards to engaging with Indigenous communities and knowledges. She is the recipient of multiple academic distinctions and awards but her biggest honor is helping her people with their self-determined needs and aspirations. Currently, she is partnering with Aqqaluk Trust in Kotzebue to create an accessible and community-focused online archive that helps Inuit to preserve and rematriate cultural knowledges.
During the presentation, Dr. Itchuaqiyaq will share her journey as an Alaska Native scholar, from undergrad and PhD to university faculty. Her talk will explain how she has used her Iñupiaq identity and cultural knowledge as a lens to best understand her coursework and research.
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