Episode 159 - Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, PhD candidate
Dan Sterenchuk and Tommy Estlund are honored to have as our guest, Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, PhD candidate.
Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq (KAY-nuh OOH-loke itch-OH-key-yuck) is a tribal member of the Noorvik Native Community. She is also a PhD candidate in technical communication and rhetoric at Utah State University. An Iñupiaq (IN-you-pack) from a rural village above the Arctic Circle in NW Alaska, Cana Uluak was concerned that she had only two BIPOC instructors in all her years of education and was often subject to course readings lists written entirely by white authors. She was also concerned about how researchers visiting her home community represented her people and their experiences, capacities, and needs. Her research works to reveal how academic practice often perpetuates the marginalization of underrepresented scholars and communities and interferes with institutional and societal diversity and inclusion efforts.
Her academic website—the one that has my decolonial methods course on it: https://www.itchuaqiyaq.com
The Caleb Scholars Program supporting Alaskan Inuit scholars named for her Dad, Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi (Pun-gow-wee): https://www.calebscholars.org
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