Values, Vision, and Mission

Updated: Summer 2018

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The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) has been connecting Arctic research since 1988. ARCUS achieves our Vision and serves our Mission through the four Goals of networking, communications, education, and research community support & facilitation. Guided by our Values, we connect Arctic research across the boundaries of 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 connected Arctic research.
The Arctic research community advances understanding of the Arctic through science, Indigenous knowledge, technology, and education. ARCUS promotes the application of this knowledge to Arctic and global challenges, and helps the research community to address questions that require the collaborative skills and resources of scientists, engineers, educators, Indigenous knowledge holders, and others.
To further advance a holistic understanding of the Arctic, ARCUS works collaboratively with other boundary-crossing organizations with shared goals and objectives, such as the U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC), the Polar Research Board (PRB), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Arctic Institute of North America (AINA), the European Polar Board (EPB), the Arctic Council, the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the University of the Arctic (UArctic), and Polar Educators International (PEI).

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’. We will focus on institutionalizing intersectional engagement with a clear focus and extra effort. We also will be applying knowledge of the ethical ways of engaging this marginalized community and respectful language.

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. Members receive preferential opportunities to lead, support, and shape ARCUS activities. 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


ARCUS envisions strong and productive connections among U.S. and international Arctic researchers, educators, Indigenous knowledge holders, Arctic residents, and other stakeholders to promote exploration and understanding of the Arctic.


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


  1. Networking - ARCUS will facilitate networking to create a broader, more inclusive community dedicated to Arctic research.

  2. Communications - Building upon and enhancing existing communication tools and approaches, ARCUS will develop two-way communication opportunities within the Arctic research community, with an emphasis on inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge holders.

  3. Education - ARCUS seeks to educate K-16 students and formal and informal educators about the Arctic, and connect them to the Arctic and its research community.

  4. Research Community Support & Facilitation - ARCUS will lead in facilitating collaborative efforts within Arctic research and apply expertise in professional support of such collaborations.


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.