This session will feature a panel of current college students and pre-college professionals who have valuable experience in higher education access and success. Participants will engage this dynamic panel in lively discussions that look at how Pacific Islander students should reframe the way they look at college access and preparation in order to cultivate critical growth in college entrance for Pacific Islander students. The panel will cover 4 simple ways Pacific Islander students can make preparing for college admissions and applications easy!
Facilitator: Va'eomatoka "Toka" Valu
- Toka (Tongan American) currently works in student development and engagement at the University of Washington’s Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center. He has been a long standing advocate for Pacific Islander access to post-secondary and higher education for over seven years and has been a part of the UPRISE planning committee since its inception. Toka continues to stay involved through his work with Our Future Matters and the Tongan Catholic faith community of Seattle.