Gratitude for my doctoral journey

Gratitude for my doctoral journey

Life has been one giant roller coaster since my dissertation defense, graduation celebrations, family vacation back on the Big Island to bid farewell to friends and colleagues in Hilo, move back into our home in California, and starting a new job as Director of Science Education & Mentorship in Latino Lives in Academia (SEMILLA) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). I can finally breathe and acknowledge some pilooy (companions on a journey) without whom I would not have been able to complete my doctoral journey. Here’s what is forever printed in the acknowledgement section of my dissertation. My deepest apology if I missed anyone else who has directly impacted my doctoral journey. Please know I am deeply grateful. Acknowledgement Iʻm...

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Graduating with Humility

Graduating with Humility

I’m deeply grateful for the friends, students, and community leaders who came to support me for my doctoral defense presentation. On July 22, 2017 I will join my cohort to graduate with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree in Professional Educational Practice from the College of Education at University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. That day will be a humbling day for me. It will be literally a dream come true because I’ve wanted to finish my educational journey (at least the credential part) at UH Manoa. As much as I would have thrived in a doctoral program in any of the Jesuit institutions, I needed to come home to the Pacific to learn from other indigenous Pacific leaders. Graduating from the highest form of Western-influenced education is only the start of...

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