Values, Vision, and Mission

Updated: Summer 2020

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The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) has been connecting Arctic research and education since 1988. Guided by our Values, we bridge Arctic research across organizations, disciplines, geographies, sectors, knowledge systems, and cultures. Based in the United States, ARCUS serves a globally connected, diverse Arctic research community, with an emphasis on connecting U.S. researchers. We are supported by government agencies, foundations, and others who share our enthusiasm for Arctic research and education.

It is the intent of ARCUS to enhance the engagement of Arctic Indigenous communities, organizations, and peoples in research, recognizing that much research occurs within Indigenous communities, on their land, and/or utilizes Indigenous knowledge; that Indigenous Knowledge holds its own methodologies, validation, and evaluation processes; the need for Indigenous community-driven research; and that Indigenous communities are a vital part of the "research community".

ARCUS is a U.S. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that serves the Arctic research community. Membership is open to all those organizations engaged in Arctic research or stakeholders to it, including academic, research, government, Indigenous, and corporations. Representatives of member organizations constitute the Council of ARCUS and elect the Board of Directors. ARCUS is also enabled by individual supporters who see the value of ARCUS' work to connect and advance Arctic research.


ARCUS Values:

  • Shared Knowledge
  • Transparency
  • Multi-Knowledge and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
  • Informed Decision-Making
  • Engagement
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


ARCUS envisions strong and productive connections among U.S. and international Arctic researchers, educators, Indigenous and traditional knowledge holders, Arctic residents and local experts, and other stakeholders to improve understanding of the changing Arctic.


ARCUS facilitates cross-boundary Arctic knowledge, research, communication, and education in the U.S., and with partners across the globe.


  1. Facilitate and Support Arctic Research Collaboration

  2. Enhance the Effectiveness of Arctic Research Communications

  3. Educate K-16 Students and Formal and Informal Educators about the Arctic, and Engage them in Arctic Research

  4. Secure Resources to Support the ARCUS Mission


View the current ARCUS bylaws here.


The ARCUS headquarters are located in Fairbanks, Alaska at:
3535 College Road, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3710 USA
Phone: 907-474-1600
Fax: 907-474-1604
info [at]

View archived ARCUS federal advocacy information here.