Getting to Know UCLA's Graduate Coalition of the Native Pacific
UCLA's Graduate Coalition of the Native Pacific (GCNP) was formed in 2009 with the goal of educating and advocating on behalf of the Pacific Islander population on campus and in the surrounding communities. To that end, GCNP has spent the last four years engaged in coalition building with various community groups and UCLA student organizations, departments, and centers. That engagement has come in many forms: film screenings, conference organization, workshops, publications, and fund raisers, to name a few. Here, some GCNP members take a moment to share their experiences at UCLA and discuss the ways GCNP participation has affected them.
GCNP members, Pacific Islands Student Association (PISA) members, Office of Residential Life staff, and Professor Keith Camacho at GCNP's 2012 film screening and Q&A with the makers of Living Along the Fenceline, a documentary about women who live near US military bases in Guam, Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the US.
Ellen-Rae Cachola (1st row, 2nd from left) is pursuing a PhD in Information Studies, and holds a BA in Political Science from University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Research interests: Community Archives, Militarism, Decolonization, and Women of Color Feminism.
Recommended reading: Archives: Recordkeeping in Society by McKemmish, Piggot, Reed & Upward.
Most rewarding UCLA grad student experience: Teaching Arts INitiative (Arts IN Program).
Most memorable UCLA course: "Colonialism and Law in Asia and the Pacific" with Professor Keith Camacho.
Jean-Paul DeGuzman (2nd row, 4th from left) is pursuing a PhD in History, and holds a BA in Asian American Studies from California State University, Northridge and an MA in Asian American studies from UCLA.
Research interests: US 20th century, sub/urban, immigration, interracial dynamics, Los Angeles.
Recommended reading: Passing It On-A Memoir by Yuri Kochiyama; Black, Brown, Yellow and Left: Radical Activism in Los Angeles by Laura Pulido.
Most rewarding UCLA grad student experience: Being in the audience at the 2012 Asian American Studies Center awards ceremony as two of my former students won prizes for papers they wrote in one of my seminars.
Most memorable UCLA course: "Race in Los Angeles" with Professor George Sanchez.
Most memorable GCNP experience: "Unlearning the 'American Pacific': A Symposium on Anti-Colonial Pedagogies"
Alfred P. Flores (2nd row, 3rd from left) is pursuing a PhD in History, and holds a BA and an MA in History from University of California, Riverside.
Research interests: Empire, Race, Labor, and Immigration.
Recommended Reading: The Canal Builders by Julie Greene.
Most rewarding UCLA grad student experience: Meeting and working with professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students at UCLA.
Most memorable UCLA course: "Colonialism and Law in Asia and the Pacific' with Professor Keith Camacho.
Most memorable GCNP experience: 'Unlearning the ‘American Pacific': A Symposium on Anti-Colonial Pedagogies,"because it brought together some of the most respected Pacific Islands scholars.
Troy Lau is pursuing a PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change, and holds a BA in History from UCLA.
Research interest: Pacific Islanders in College Sports.
Recommended reading: Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.
Most rewarding UCLA grad student experience: My community work.
Most memorable course taken at UCLA: "Race and Education" with Professor Tyrone Howard.
Joyce Pualani Warren (2nd row, 5th from left) is pursuing her PhD in English, and holds a BA in American Literature and Culture with a minor in Afro-American Studies from UCLA.
Research interests: Oceanic Literature, American Literature, African American Literature, Postcolonial Theory, and Blackness in the Pacific.
Recommended Reading: Waimea Summer by John Dominis Holt; Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon.
Most rewarding UCLA grad student experience: Working with scholars across disciplines.
Most memorable course taken at UCLA: "Postcolonial Theory" with Professors Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Ali Behdad, and Jenny Sharpe.
Most memorable GCNP experience: A 2010 GCNP road trip to Arizona, where we presented at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association’s annual conference.
Amaris Muliaumaseali’i-Leiataua is pursuing her MEd in Education , and holds a BA in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley.
Research interests: Migration, Pacific Islander Education, Families.
Recommended Reading: Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire.
Most rewarding UCLA grad student experience: Student teaching in my hometown of Compton.
Most memorable course taken at UCLA: "Social Foundations and Cultural Diversity in American Education" with Eduardo Lopez.