Diversity Dialogue: Where are we as a community?

Panelist Mary Marks, former Anchorage School Board member

Part 2 of the dialogue on race and diversity addresses, WHERE are we as a community? Residents share personal experiences that have changed how they view race relations in Anchorage. Is race something you think about daily? Listen now and feel free to add your comments and share your experiences.

  • Panelists in order of response: Kato-Kakala Ha’unga, Lynn Korral, Mary Marks, Fr. Fed Bugarin and Alice Hisamoto

FACILITATOR: Dr. Ellsworth James, Ph.D

  • Dr. Ellsworth James has 15 years of experience in the field of Industrial Psychology and Social Research. He is a senior partner in the consulting group, James, Velox and James, www.jvjresearch.com. Previously Dr. James worked in Berlin, Germany as a senior partner at Psychological Consultants, International, where he developed communications and cultural diversity training programs for multi-national corporations in Europe and Asia. He has continued his work in cultural genetics and environmental trauma as well as lecturing on subjects such as Cultural Genetics, Traditional Grief, Intergenerational Trauma and Diversity Management Strategies.Dr. James is a National NAACP member and the Educational Chair for the Anchorage branch of the NAACP. He has been married for 17 years and has three children.


  • Heather Arnett, President, YWCA
  • Fr. Fred Bugarin, St. Anthony Church
  • Rex Butler, Attorney
  • Erick Cordero Giorgana, Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska
  • Jose DelReal, Intern at Mayor’s Office & Junior at East High School
  • Kato-Kakala Ha’unga, UAA Trio Program
  • Alice Hisamoto, UAA AHIANA Program
  • Lynne Korral, Diversity Advisory Commission & Vice-President, Alaska Independent Blind
  • Lamin Jobarteh, President, Islamic Community Center of Anchorage
  • Mary Marks, former Anchorage School Board Member
  • Rabbi Michael Oblath, Congregation Beth Shalom

RECORDED: April 28, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church


In an effort to undermine instances of racism and anti-diversity in Anchorage, the city will host a series of dialogues and events. The first event in the series took place on April 28, 2008 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Anchorage. Guided by a trained facilitator, a panel and the audience considered questions like, As a community, where are we? Where are we going? What can you, the citizen, do to improve understanding and acceptance? KSKA’s Len Anderson attends the events and shares them with you online at KSKA.org. Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and UAA, all events are free and open to the public. Go to the Municipality of Anchorage’s Diversity homepage to find out about the next scheduled event.