The purpose of Safe Zone is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on the UAS campus, making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Safe Zone prepares primarily staff and faculty members to serve as a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning issues, and also strives to educate the campus community about the Safe Zone program.
Although transgender refers to gender identity and not necessarily sexual orientation, this is also a sexual minority group that is unfairly discriminated against, and therefore is included in the Safe Zone program.
Coordinator, Academic Exchange and Study Abroad
Library Assistant (Interlibrary Loan & Public Services)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, (International Relations); M.Ed., American University
Beatrice is a 30+ year Juneau resident who has been on the Egan Library staff since 1996. She is fluent in French and travels to exotic places. Her favorite pastimes are playing tennis, drawing and painting, and reading. She also loves cats (and dogs).
Coordinator, Native and Rural Student Center (NRSC)
Phone: 796-6454, Fax: 796-6005
SRC: Native and Rural Student Center
B.L.A., University Alaska Southeast.
Allow me to introduce myself: my Tlingit name is DaxKilatch. My name comes from the Head of the Nass River. My parents are Francis and Norma Jean Dunne. I am the child of the Tsimshian through my father's tribe. I am Tlingit Gaanax.adi from the Taantakwaan, people of Tongass. I am also Tsimshian Ggan haa da of Metlakatla on my mother's side (Metlakatla is the only reservation here in Alaska). I was raised in the village of Saxman (outside of Ketchikan city limits) for the better half of my childhood and spent most of my summers in Metlakatla with my beloved grandmother, Jessie Ridley. I am also the grandchild of the Teikweidi, Tsimshian, Irish, and I have Haida in my bloodline as well. I am very proud of my Native and non-Native heritage! I am also a proud parent of my three children Devon, Kordell, and Corinne, and a proud wife to Lyle James, Kaagwaantaan of Hoonah.
I recently graduated with my B.L.A. from UAS, and I am currently looking into a master's degree program. I am the coordinator for the Native & Rural Student Center, an academic advisor, and advisor for the student club Wooch.Een.
As coordinator for the Native and Rural Student Center, I provide services to assist Native and Rural students adjust to college life here at UAS. We offer staff and support services to help improve Native student success and retention rates in higher learning. This is done through academic advising and support, assistance with registration, course selection and scheduling, as well as peer advising, mentoring, and special orientations.
The Center offers opportunities and special events on and off campus to help develop leadership skills in its student members. It is a place for students to meet, form friendships, receive support and peer mentoring.
The Center sponsors leadership activities, scholarship fairs and other gatherings where student participation is highly encouraged. For example, we host the UA Native Oratory Society contest at UAS, where students compete in a professional forum while speaking on topics of importance to the Native community.
Wooch.een, the Alaska Native students' club (which means, "working together" in the Tlingit language) has played an important role in planning and hosting student events at UAS and in the Juneau Community at large.
Wooch.een hosts several major events each year, including lectures by distinguished Native authors and scholars during Native American Heritage month in November. These and other social events help integrate the community and foster a better understanding of Native history, cultural and social issues. The organization has done a great deal to promote academics, student retention and leadership on campus.
In addition to the coordinating and advising portion of my position, I also support and work with the TRIO Student Support Services program, the UAS PITAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaskan Schools) scholars, Early Scholars at Juneau Douglas High school, Juneau Youth Correctional students, and the All Nations Children dance group.
Club Advisor to GSA, Wooch.een, and PITAAS Support
Procurement Services Manager
Phone: 796-6493, Fax: 796-6469
Business and Finance
Phone: 796-6069, Fax: 796-6365
Eric grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Between 2007 and 2009, Eric served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eastern Uganda where he worked on microfinance and community development projects. After returning to the United States, he undertook several studies with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Bureau of Land Management before joining the University of Alaska Southeast. Eric also currently serves as the public member of the Alaska Board of Optometry.
In his free time, Eric greatly enjoys skiing, boating, diving, and coffee.
Public and Media Relations
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1999
Master of Education, Education Technology
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK, 2014
Like many other Juneauites, I came to Juneau from the Lower 48 almost 12 years ago for just a summer but fell in love with the people and the area they call home. I promptly traded an old, loud, underpowered, Kawasaki for a louder, rustier, and even more underpowered Subaru and a pair of Xtratuffs, excited for the opportunity to live, work, and play in Southeast Alaska. Outside of work I enjoy judo, hockey, playing music, and more importantly, spending time with my wife and family.
I look forward to working with the marketing / PR team to highlight the great work of students, faculty, and staff of UAS. Throughout my career as engineer, programmer, network administrator, and more recently as K-12 technology specialist, I have found that the ominously omnipresent "other duties as assigned" can be the most challenging and rewarding.
Arts and Sciences Department
Bachelor of Science – Hotel, Tourism, Restaurant Management, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), located in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. UAS is a regional university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka—coastal communities situated in Alaska’s magnificent Tongass National Forest. As Chancellor, Caulfield provides strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. Previously he served as UAS Provost. In that capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes. Within the University of Alaska Statewide system he has been a leader in advancing innovations in teacher education, Arctic social sciences, higher education leadership, Alaska Native and minority student education, and online programs.
Caulfield’s extensive university experience began when he served as an instructor in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Campus, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His career includes teaching, research, and service that led to tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor at UAF. He served as a department chair, academic program leader, campus director and dean. He took the position of UAS Provost in 2010. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS is fully compliant with NWCCU standards and that regular program assessments and reviews are completed successfully. As Provost he chaired the Provost’s Council, co-chaired the UAS Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the UAS Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee. He has been a leader in university/community planning efforts involving political leaders, industry and business leaders, service organizations, Alaska Native/Native American entities, and government agencies.
Caulfield has served on national and international academic boards, including the Executive Committee for the University of the Arctic, the International Arctic Social Sciences Executive Committee, and the Oceans/Atmosphere/Ice Interactions Science Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation. He served as Alaska’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). He has a solid track record of building relationships leading to private philanthropic giving and industry investments. In his capacity as a community campus director he served on regional and statewide workforce development committees, including on the board of the Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium.
Caulfield earned his PhD in the United Kingdom in 1994 based upon research about aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) and the Arctic. His Greenland research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sir Phillip Reckitt Foundation, led to publication of two books: Greenlanders, Whales and Whaling (University Press of New England) and Inuit, Whaling, and Sustainability (co-author/Alta Mira Press). He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and BA and BS degrees with Honors in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks Danish and Kalaallisut, the Greenlandic Inuit language. He is the recipient of the University of Alaska’s Dennis Demmert Award for excellence in serving Alaska Native Students.
Rick and his wife Annie have three grown children. He is active in Southeast Alaska community affairs, serving on boards and committees with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Juneau Economic Development Council, Southeast Conference, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center.
Phone: 796-6067, Fax: 796-6365
Margo is from New Bedford, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Ed. from the University of Maine. She has spent time working as an environmental educator and fish and wildlife technician in Massachusetts, South Carolina, Maine, Kodiak, and Juneau. She enjoys painting, kayaking, and playing ice hockey and tennis.
MPA Lead Faculty & Associate Professor of Public Administration
Phone: 796-6418, Second Phone:
SOM: Public Administration
Doctor of Arts in Political Science–2007
Kathy DiLorenzo grew up in the Western states of Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho, and is particularly interested in western and rural issues. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Public Law from Idaho State University. She completed her Masters of Public Administration in 2004. While completing her education Kathy worked as the primary quantitative analyst for Partners for Prosperity, non-profit organization that acquired a substantial grant to study and eradicate poverty in the 16-county region of Southeastern Idaho. Her areas of research include the bureaucracy, constitutional and public law, poverty, minority and at-risk populations.
Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Math
B.S. Lamar University; M.S. and Ph.D. Louisiana State University.
Jill has been at UAS since 2005. She enjoys teaching all levels of mathematics courses and particularly enjoys the opportunity to interact with students both in and out of the classroom. Her specialized areas of interest include algebra and number theory.
Outside of academics, Jill enjoys raising her two sons, exploring the area's plants and animals whenever possible, reading and scrapbooking and has a budding interest in photography.
Adjunct Professor of English
Arts and Sciences - Humanities
Student Services Assistant
Phone: 796-6076, Fax: 796-6550
School of Education
Elisabeth was born and raised in Fairbanks and moved to Juneau in 2009 to study at UAS. She previously worked at the Keith B Mather Library in the International Arctic Research Center for a year at UAF and then at the UAS Bookstore for over 4 years as a student assistant and fair trade specialist. She is continuing her degree in Social Sciences at the University and in her free time enjoys hiking, fishing, and disc golfing.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 796-6017, Fax: 796-6406
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Anthropology
Erica received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1999. She has archaeological excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.
Erica is a broadly trained archaeologist with research interests in Peru and the Arctic. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She has excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest U.S, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.
Erica is interested in ancient belief systems and cosmology, especially the cross-cultural study of funerary ritual and sacrifice. Her work in Peru focuses on iconography and burial evidence of the Moche, a pre-Inca culture of the Pacific coast of South America. (Selected publications on the Moche)
More recently, Erica’s work has focused on the prehistory of human–animal relations in the Bering Sea region. She is particularly interested in how approaches from animal geography can be applied to archaeological evidence. (Selected publications on human–animal relations.)
Erica is the editor of Iñupiaq Ethnohistory: Selected Essays by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. (2013) and co-editor, with Jon B. Hageman, of The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration (2016).
In 2016, Erica was selected to be a Fulbright–NSF Arctic Research Scholar. She will spend the fall of 2016 on sabbatical at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.
2016 Identifying the Revered Dead in Moche Iconography, pp. 189–212 in Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman, eds. The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
2013 Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche of Peru. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, edited by Sarah Tarlow and Liv Nilsson Stutz, pp. 597–616. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
2008 Animism and Sacrifice: Reconstructing Moche Religion through Architecture, Iconography, and Archaeological Features. In Religion in the Material World, edited by Lars Fogelin, pp. 38–60. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.
2006 Moche Skulls in Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp. 91–100 in Michelle Bonogofsky, ed. Skull Collection, Modification and Decoration. British Archaeology Reports (BAR) International Series 1539. Oxford, Archaeopress.
2003 Sacrificing: Moche Bodies, Journal of Material Culture 8(3):285–299.
2000 The Embodied Sacrifice, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 10(2):307–316.
1998 Death as a Rite of Passage: The Iconography of the Moche Burial Theme, Antiquity 72(277):528–538.
2013 Archaeology and Animal Persons: Toward a Prehistory of Human-Animal Relations, Environment &Society: Advances inResearch 4:117–136.
2012 The Nonempirical Past: Enculturated Landscapes and Other-than-Human Persons in Southwest Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 49(2):41–57.
2011 Animals as Agents: Hunting Ritual and Relational Ontologies in Prehistoric Alaska and Chukotka. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(3):407–426.
Associate Director of Campus Recreation
Student Recreation Center
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations
United States Air Force, 4.5 years
Routinely teach employee development classes in various aspects of the Content Management System used at UAS. Other courses taught include Digital Photography, Digital Asset Management and use of Adobe Acrobat during Staff Development programs.
Following high school graduation in San Diego, CA I escaped the city life for the remotes of Alaska by joining the US Air Force. Stationed at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska I crewed KC-135 aerial refueling and reconnaissance aircraft.
Following my honorable discharge, I worked the summer on the "slime line" working in the canneries of Bristol Bay, Alaska to get the feel for Alaska life outside the military. Although the life of cannery work was never in my cards, I did enjoy the comradery of working in a fish camp, enough to return for several summers while pursuing my degree from Humboldt State University in northern California.
While attending Humboldt, I went on National Student Exchange to the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau during my Junior year. Upon graduation from Humboldt, I returned to Juneau and have been working with UAS since. My role at UAS have varied from employment with student housing to manager of the recreation center to regional web coordinator. What attracted me to Southeast Alaska was the feeling I had as an exchange student. That was the feeling of euphoria one felt as a child upon waking up the morning of a trip to Disneyland. For the outdoor enthusiast, Juneau has just about everything for those who enjoy kayaking, hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, skiing...you name it.
My wife Lori also works at UAS as the Director of the Student Resource Center. We have a wonderful son Garrett, who loves the outdoors and spends most of his time along the shoreline. Just recently Garrett has taken to ocean kayaking. We now all explore the coastline in the comfort of kayaks. To coin the term, "Life is Good".
Accomplishments while at UAS include:
Regional Web Coordinator, University of Alaska Southeast: 2/03 - 2014
Manager, Student Activities Center, UAS: 8/99 - 2/03
Administrative Assistant, Student Activities/Student Government, UAS: 8/96 - 9/99
Living Group Advisor & Community Advisor , Humboldt State University/UAS: 8/94 - 8/96
As an undergraduate, I served as a Living Group Advisor (2 years) at Humboldt State University and as a Community Advisor at UAS while on National Student Exchange. As anyone who has this experience will tell you, it was both challenging and rewarding and worthy of mention as it helped shaped me into the professional I am today.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 796-6413, Fax: 796-6406
Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences, Anthropology
Ph.D., Michigan State University. Dr. Monteith specializes in ethnohistory, economic anthropology, cultural ecology pertaining to subsistence, Tlingit art and oral narratives, and archeology of Southeast Alaska; his geographical areas of interest include Alaska, the Russian Far East, and Siberia.
Dan grew up in Seattle, Washington and went to the University of Chicago for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University. He also holds a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago he worked at the Field Natural History Museum and Oriental Institute Museum. As a student his summers were spent working in the fishing industry in Bristol Bay. This experience led him to his current research, which is an anthropological study of the Bristol Bay fishery.Daniel has a wide range of practical experience. In 1992-93 he was employed by the Forest Service as an archeologist in the Ketchikan area of the Tongass National Forest. He then worked for the Tongass Tribe on a federal project; and during 1995-96 in the Economic Development Center at the UAS- Ketchikan Campus. In 1998 he became the Executive Director of Historic Ketchikan. Curriculum Vitae
Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Phone: 796-6100, Fax: 796-6365
Born in Mount Edgecumbe, AK, Joe was raised as a commercial fisherman in Yakutat. He is a member of the Teikweidí (Brown Bear) clan, eagle moiety of the Yakutat Tlingit tribe. After graduating Yakutat High School, Joe attended college in Southern California. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA in 1996 and earned his Master of Arts in American Indian Studies in 1998. In 2001, he received a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School.
Joe is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, the Sealaska Board of Directors, and the Juneau Lions Club.
Associate Director of Recruitment and Advising
Born and raised on a farm in central Ohio, Amanda moved to Juneau in 2004 to attend UAS. Although she had never been to Alaska, she was instantly hooked and never looked back. The beautiful campus, amazing professors, friendly staff and small class size allowed her to excel in her studies and graduate with a BLA. Now Amanda takes her passion of UAS all over the state talking to prospective students about the amazing opportunities that UAS can offer them.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys speeding time with her family, camping, fishing, and skating with the Juneau Rollergirls.
Phone: 796-6009, Fax: 796-6549
School of Management
Research Interests: public participation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), transportation planning, Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), public budgeting
Dr. Aaron Smith-Walter was recently published with co-author Dr. Nadhrah A. Kadir (of the Universiti Sains Malaysia) in Macrotheme Review, a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal. The paper explores how administrative rules governing public participation are perceived by organizational stakeholders in the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. The study concludes that reforming rules while providing a clear link to organizational goals and commitments can help organizational members develop a more positive view of the rules and regulations associated with public participation. http://macrotheme.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/6MR51Na.359103254.pdf
Kadir, Nadhrah A. and Aaron Smith-Walter. 2016.“Stakeholders’ Perceptions of the Administrative Rules Governing Public Participation in the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.” The Macrotheme Review: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Global Macro Trends. Vol. 5, No. 1 pp. 73-96.
Aaron Smith-Walter grew up in Virginia, and his dissertation research focused on metropolitan transportation planning and Cultural Theory. He has also worked in a municipal public transportation department for almost nine years, where he was responsible for training, safety monitoring, routing design, and special projects. His areas of teaching and research interests include public transportation, public participation, public finance and budgeting, images of public administration in post-apocalyptic fiction, Cultural Theory, and the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF). Aaron is especially interested in applications of the Narrative Policy Framework on firearms policy in the United States and the impact of Cultural Theory on approaches to public participation in transportation planning.
Helpdesk Technician (IS Consultant 1A)
Phone: 796-6400, Second Phone:
Associate of Arts (A.A)
Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology
To be a Safe Zone participant, one must be open to questions from and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) people and their issues. Questions may come from students who identify as LGBTIQ or are questioning their sexual orientation. Additionally, questions may come from students who are heterosexual and who are disturbed by the presence of LGBTIQ persons in their classes, residence hall, or family. Colleagues may also come to Safe Zone participants with questions.
Generally, participants support policies that bring equity to otherwise inequitable situations and give open support for LGBTIQ issues. Members will also encourage others to be part of the Safe Zone. The more willing people are to talk about these issues with facts and openness, the safer and more welcoming our campus will become for LGBTIQ individuals.
How to Participate
Participation in the Safe Zone program involves attending a Creating a Safe Zone Workshop, which examines attitudes and beliefs, raises awareness, builds, skills, and offers resources. Workshops are held on the Juneau campus once a semester or by request.
After attending the workshop and signing the UAS Safe Zone Contract & Confidentiality Statement, display the Safe Zone sticker in your workspace. Additionally, Safe Zone members participate in periodic campus Safe Zone network meetings held approximately once per semester. Check the Campus Calendar for both training and network meetings.
The Safe Zone Sticker
The purpose of the Safe Zone sticker helps convey a message that you are supportive, trustworthy and sensitive to the needs and concerns of LGBTIQ people. Displaying the sticker indicates that within your office or room, homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions will not be tolerated silently. Instead, such comments and actions will be addressed in an educational, informative and non-threatening manner.
The Safe Zone sticker does not indicate whether you yourself are LGBTIQ; it merely states that you are a support and resource person or ally.
The length of your commitment to Safe Zone is up to you. As long as you participate, display your sticker on your door or within your office. If you decide to discontinue your participation, simply remove the sticker. If you wish to have your name or office removed from the UAS Safe Zone registry, contact the Safe Zone Coordinator. There will be no questions asked. You may re affiliate anytime.
Being an ally can be tough at times. Your genuine dedication to this program, no matter what its length, will create a positive space within your community.
Designating a Safe Zone
There are many things that you can do to make you and your workspace feel like a Safe Zone for LGBTIQ students and colleagues. These are a few suggestions:
- Believe that our campus is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) people.
- Be aware of the presence of LGBTIQ students, faculty, and staff and be willing to engage in genuine dialogue and interaction.
- Be willing to discuss issues impacting LGBTIQ people's lives in a non-judgmental manner.
- Know your LGBTIQ resources on campus and in the community.
- Comfortably and regularly use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and do not assume everyone is heterosexual.
- Maintain confidentiality.
What to Expect
As a result of posting a Safe Zone sticker in your workspace you may find that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning students, faculty, and staff censor their speech less, providing for a more genuine exchange with you. Similarly, students, faculty, and staff may be more at ease around you, anticipating a non-judgmental atmosphere in your workplace.
You may never notice a difference in the interactions you have with students, faculty, and staff but you will make a difference in improving the campus climate at UAS and the lives of our community members.
What Else Can I Do?
- Acquaint yourself with lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered individuals, and intersexuals. Learn more about LGBTI culture by reading books, making friends, attending functions, and celebrating.
- Challenge homophobia and heterosexism (jokes, remarks, cartoons, behaviors, language, ect.)
- Continue to educate yourself about the coming out process and sexual identity development.
Gender & Sexuality Information
LGBTIQ Support Information
- Special issues for LGBTIQ students
- Becoming a heterosexual ally
- Cycle of oppression
- Homophobia scale
- How homophobia hurts everyone
- How heterosexism & homophobia hurts LGBTIQ people
- Coming out
- Cass' Homosexual Identity Development Model
- When a student "comes out" to you