You are invited to attend an Indigenous Encounters student paper workshop.
“Mapping Fa’asamoa: Life Histories of Samoan Students at South Seattle
Rochelle Tuitagava’a Fonoti, Ph.C
Interim Cultural Specialist
Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution
(AANAPISI) Federal Grant
South Seattle Community College
This dissertation research project seeks to understand how Samoan
students draw from fa’asamoa (traditional Samoan culture) to
negotiate, cope with and transform pathways to academic success at
South Seattle Community College.Through tracing the circuitous routes
that prompt Samoan students to attend South Seattle Community College,
this project attempts to document their life histories, and map out a
possible trajectory of the subtle manifestations through which
fa’asamoa is embodied, mediated, articulated or expressed in their day
to day lives. This dissertation research project also seeks to
resituate our understanding of Samoan students as a deviant or at-risk
group (which all too often renders them as an “invisible” group) and
unpack the contradictory aspects of claims associated with diasporic
Samoan communities and their potential for educational attainment.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Please join us at the Simpson Center for coffee, tea, and an engaging conversation with Rochelle about her important work.
Marisa, Miranda, Ben, and Tony
Indigenous Encounters Research Cluster