Fa’aumu’s vibrant Husky Experience and impressive academic success are grounded in the importance of family. As a low-income student of color grappling with the recent loss of their mother, Fa’aumu created a chosen family through involvement with the Burke Museum, the Lushootseed language research project and clubs and affinity groups connecting them with their Polynesian heritage. Fa’aumu further explored the concept of family in their honors thesis, which investigates the role of family in Indigenous students’ educational success.

(University of Washington 2020)

Tālofa. Fa’aumu Kaimana kʷə dsdaʔ. I am a proud first-generation student who grew as a healer for my Pacific Islander and Native American communities. I create welcoming spaces for Indigenous communities through language revitalization and perpetuation in spaces from public transport to the Burke Museum. I strive to cultivate a legacy of inclusive mentorship and family in academia, knowing that healing happens when every story is heard and respected.

Also known colloquially as dǰ pišpiš, I’m the coolest cat you’ll ever meet. In addition to the academic stuff, I also cover racial equity, public transport, and just life in general. Let’s scratch this post together.

We stand here today to recognise the stewards of Coast Salish lands, the original and current caretakers: Duwamish Suquamish, Tulalip, and Muckleshoot. Our hands go up and recognition spreads.

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