UA President attends University of Alaska Fairbanks student government event

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) ASUAF held a student forum today to discuss topics of interests with members of the Board of Regents and higher ups at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Chancellor Dan White considered this event a success and a great opportunity to address the public directly. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

In attendance were Chancellor Dan White, UA President Jim Johnsen, UAF Vice Chancellor Keith Champagne and UAF Provost Anupma Prakash.

The event started out with an explanation of the events at the Board of Regency meeting the day prior by those who attended. Then it shifted to a public forum where students were asked to write down questions and turn them in to the moderator or to directly approach the microphones. Such questions were asked about adding 'inclusive dialogue'.

Chancellor Dan White considered this event a success and a great opportunity to address the public directly.

"Yesterday was a board meeting, an emergency board meeting. We talked about some issues that had come up so anytime that there's change and there's a lot of change going on right now just in our fiscal environment and structurally and it's important that people have an opportunity to hear that and see what the leadership sees coming down the pipeline," said White.

Emma Ashlock, the moderator and coordinator for this event hopes that this forum shows that UAF students want to engage with decision making at the University and that students care about whats going on saying;

"Students here at UAF, many say, aren't engaged and don't care. I think that's the opposite. Every person I talk to, every individual I speak with, they care so much because they love the state that they're in. They love the school they go to and they love what they're studying and I think they are some of the most engaged people I've met."

There is not another student forum publicly planned but Ashlock hopes the next one will be as successful.

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