M.A. Thesis: The Ocean is the School: Pacific Islanders Transforming Higher-Ed

Meet Pacific Islanders who are transforming higher education and advancing the field of Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies, driven by the belief that the Ocean is the school. Terisa Siagatonu, an award-winning poet, returns to her alma mater, U.C. Santa Cruz, to perform poems that speak to each of the interviewees’ experiences. She wrote her first poem in her dorm room in the opening scenes back in 2006 when she was 18 years old.


VERTICAL VIDEO SERIES | Stanford PhD Student Vince Pane Carves Out His Own Space

Vince Pane, 27, dances across the Stanford campus and hopes to build sculptures he can perform on. He also is a sculptor, tailors clothes, is training to be an American Ninja Warrior, and makes jewelry.

The full series; meeting Vince Pane:

The Sculptor:

The Warrior:

The Dancer:


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