Ellen Panigeo MacLean House

The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House was established to provide Alaska Native and other students from rural Alaska with a safe, inviting and supportive group home environment. MacLean house offers students the opportunity to live in a small community with a cultural focus, allowing them to make the transition to an academic and urban environment in a manner that supports their academic efforts and eases separation from home and family.

MacLean House offers housing for up to 20 single students in the residence hall, a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment for a married couple with no children or single parent with a young child, and a fully furnished two-bedroom apartment for a family with up to two children.

The facility also offers a computer lab, laundry room, lounge and kitchen area. To assist students with the transition to the University, 2 resident assistants and a resident director live on site. Programming includes a monthly potluck with Native foods.

All residence hall rooms are fully furnished. The standard furnishings for a double room include:

  • 2 twin extra-long beds
  • 2 dressers
  • 2 desks with desk chairs
  • 2 wardrobe/closets
  • 8 shelves

The standard furnishings for an apartment are:

  • Sofa
  • Lounge chair
  • Coffee table
  • TV stand
  • Built in microwave
  • Night Stand
  • Full size bed
  • Dresser
  • Built in desk
  • Desk chair
  • Dining table with 4 dining chairs

Application for residency at the Eileen Panigeo MacLean House

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About Eileen Panigeo MacLean

In 2000, the University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved renaming the Inupiat House at UAF to honor former alumna and distinguished Alaska State Representative Eileen Panigeo MacLean, who received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from UAF in 1975. She received her master's in education from the University of Copenhagen in 1983, and has a long list of community service positions to her credit, including president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, director of the Inupiat History, Language and Culture Commission, and executive director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission.

Recognized across Alaska as an advocate for Alaska Native rights and education, MacLean was elected to the North Slope Borough Assembly, North Slope School District Board and the Alaska State Legislature, who honored her for dedicated public service after her death in 1996.

The continued partnership with UAF provides transitional housing for Alaska Native students to improve recruitment, retention and graduation numbers.

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