Values, Vision, Mission, and Goals

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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.

Values

ARCUS Values:

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

Vision

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.

Mission

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

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Facilitate and Support Arctic Research Collaboration
• Objective 1.1: Provide Resources and Promote Innovative Practices for Collaborative and
Interdisciplinary Research
• Objective 1.2: Connect and Support the Arctic Research Community Around Shared Topics of Interest
• Objective 1.3: Partner with Other Arctic Organizations to Catalyze and Broaden Networking Opportunities
• Objective 1.4: Promote Exchange, Collaboration, and Co-Production Between the ARCUS Community with U.S.-Based Arctic Indigenous Community Members

Goal 2: Enhance the Effectiveness of Arctic Research Communications
• Objective 2.1: Increase Information Exchange and Knowledge Sharing Within the ARCUS
Community
• Objective 2.2: Amplify and Share Arctic-Related Research, Knowledge, and Issues with Diverse Audiences
• Objective 2.3: Work with ARCUS Members to Prioritize and Address the Critical Needs of the ARCUS Community
• Objective 2.4: Build Awareness of and Cultivate Group Identity Between ARCUS, our Members, and our Partners

Goal 3: Educate K-16 Students and Formal and Informal Educators about the Arctic, and Engage them in Arctic Research
• Objective 3.1: Develop Professional Training Opportunities for Arctic Educators
• Objective 3.2: Champion Culturally Responsive Arctic Education and Outreach
• Objective 3.3: Foster Arctic Citizen Science and Community-Based Research
• Objective 3.4: Encourage Arctic Youth Involvement in Arctic Research Activities and Learning

Goal 4: Secure Resources to Support the ARCUS Mission
• Objective 4.1: Expand and Sustain a Diverse and Inclusive ARCUS Membership
• Objective 4.2: Strengthen ARCUS' Organizational Capacity
• Objective 4.3: Diversify ARCUS' Funding Sources
• Objective 4.4: Grow Reserves to Adapt and Respond to New Opportunities

Bylaws

View the current ARCUS bylaws here.


Contact

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] arcus.org

View archived ARCUS federal advocacy information here.