Jessica Saniguq Ullrich

Anchorage, Alaska

Jessica Saniguq Ullrich is an Inupiaq scholar, a tribal citizen of Nome Eskimo Community, a descendant of the Native Village of Wales and proud mother of 2 teenage daughters. Jessica worked in the Alaska child welfare system as a family services worker, ICWA Specialist, developed and supervised the first Alaska Native Family Services unit in Alaska, and became a child welfare trainer before obtaining her PhD in Social Welfare. Jessica’s passion and scholarship has centered on different aspects of an Indigenous Connectedness Framework for child and collective wellbeing.  As an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the School of Social Work, and as a research consultant through Indigenous Connectedness Consulting, she focuses on the promotion of connectedness, wellbeing, relational healing, and social and environmental justice. Jessica is currently engaged in research that involves digital storytelling with Alaska Native youth, culturally based intervention development, Tribal child welfare prevention, youth engagement for systems change, language revitalization, and environmental connectedness for Inupiaq wellbeing. Storytelling and story-listening is central to her work.

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Today, the Aspen Institute announced its 2022 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, 22 leaders from across the United States who are primed to transform systems so that our youngest children and families can thrive.
Ascend FellowshipAugust 8, 2022