Background and areas of interest:
Born and raised on the islands of Hawai’i to a family of cultural advocates and entertainers. As a first-generation, mixed-plate Pacific Islander with deep roots in the Hawaiian culture, I learned to fully embrace my village and the shared stories to guide how I approach life and pay it forward and help others. I have an unwavering commitment to serve, empower, and mentor students from all walks of life.
What brought you to the U of O?
I started my college journey at a Kapi’olani Community College and UH Manoa for my first two years earning AA in Hawaiian Studies then went to the UO as a transfer student to complete the remainder of my undergraduate degree in Psychology/Sociology. My educational journey has taught me to take chances in life and be where my feet are. Who knew that UO would become the place that I would eventually call home and experience so many life lessons.
How did you get involved in academic advising?
Like many first-gen BIPOC students, I’ve held several student-facing roles to financially support myself through college. Through these diverse experiences, I was able to connect with amazing programs and mentors where I drew upon my various identities to build and create my own story. I’ve always known my life’s purpose was to give back to the next generation in similar ways others have poured onto me. My role as an academic advisor grants me the opportunity to give back to students, families, and the community.