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Maile Arvin

Director, Pacific Islands Studies


Jen Wozab

Student Support Coordinator & Academic Advisor

jen.wozab@utah.edu801-581-5140Gardner Commons, room 4203 (View map)

Kehau Folau

Interim Bridge Program Faculty Advisor

Angela L. Robinson

2019-2021 Pasifika Post-Doctoral Fellow


Tanjerine Vei

2020-2021 Dissertation Fellow

Kaimana Kahale

2020-2022 Graduate Research Assistant

Jeneanne Lock

2020-2022 Graduate Research Assistant

Pasifika Ambassadors

Mariana Sablan

2019-2020 Pasifika Ambassador

Mariana Sablan is Chamorro American from Tooele, Utah and a sophomore currently majoring in Political Science and Economics with an emphasis in Statistical Analysis. This semester she is working as the Program Coordinator for the Pacific Islander Community Census Outreach Project through the Utah Pacific Island Civic Engagement Coalition where she will oversee 7 census outreach specialists in their efforts to reach PI communities and track their contacts, hours, and material requests. She is actively involved both on and off-campus and attends West Valley City Council meetings, Union Programming Council, Greek Life, and more! Mariana’s goals include continuing her education through a graduate program, but is still deciding whether to pursue political science or economics. She hopes by being a pasifika ambassador, she will better her understanding of local politics and how these political intricacies relate to Pacific Island populations.

Enee Tiolu

2019-2020 Pasifika Ambassador

Enee Tiolu is a Samoan, Tokelauan American from Waianae, Hawai’i and a sophomore current majoring in Pre-Business. Last semester she worked with Dr. Kehaulani Vaughn and created a few fliers for events and courses that serve PI undergraduate and graduate students. She also helped organize and logged scholarly articles and books for Dr. Vaughn’s upcoming courses. When needed, she transcribes research interviews with Dr. Vaughn on Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Enee’s interests include outdoor activities, music and shopping, and her future goals include improving her organizational skills and real estate investing!

Kyala Brown

2019-2020 Pasifika Ambassador

Kyala Brown is a Tongan-Mexican American from Salt Lake City who is currently a sophomore and has yet to declare a major. As both a Pasifika Ambassador and Opportunity Business Scholar, Kyala has learned the importance of persistence and learning to overcome unexpected obstacles. Her main responsibilities as an ambassador has included working with our Bridge Director on outreach, recruitment and communication needs for the Summer Bridge Program. Kyala’s responsibilities include karaoke, scrapbooking and softball.

Teila Witt

2019-2020 Pasifika Ambassador

Teila Witt is a Samoan American who is currently a freshman and wants to enter into the medical field. This semester Teila has been working with Dr. Aikau and Dr. Robinson to organize the Pacific Islander Symposium – Pasifika Indigeneity and the Diaspora. She’s acted as the flyer designer and student volunteer coordinator.

Kaleieha Tuitupou

2019-2020 Pasifika Ambassador

Kaleieha Tuitupou – “So’o le fau ma le fau”, in working together we can accomplish great things – a mentality Kalei would keep in mind as she grew up in the diverse Westside culture of Salt Lake City. As a current junior at the University of Utah, she is a Sociology major with an emphasis in Criminology and an English Creative Writing minor. She is interested in the stories of people and was able to serve for a year and a half in New York City, where she was able to meet and talk to many people of different backgrounds. Before this service, she was a tutor for students from refugee families and worked on an urban farm in Glendale for Utahns Against Hunger. While Kalei enjoys learning all types of stories and visiting other places, she knows the best stories come from a family at home, because knowing where you come from helps you to know where you are going. She is very excited for this adventure as a Pasifika Ambassador serving with University Neighborhood Partners through the University of Utah Pacific Islander Studies Initiative.