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AAPI Equity Initiative Faculty & Staff 

Dr. Christina Nagao Portrait

Dr. Christina Nagao
English Instructor

BA, English, UC Berkeley;
PhD, English, UCLA

“Home was the place where I was forced to conform to someone else’s image of who and what I should be. School was the place where I could forget that self and, through ideas, reinvent myself.” - Bell Hooks

Dr. Melissa Fujiwara Portrait

Dr. Melissa Fujiwara
Sociology Instructor

Palomar College; BA - San Francisco State University (Sociology); MSW - UCLA (Social Welfare); MA, PhD - USC (Sociology)

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Dr. Atheneus Ocampo Portrait

Dr. Atheneus

B.A., Social Sciences - Psychology, University of Southern California; M.A., Guidance and Counseling, Loyola Marymount University; EdD, Educational Leadership for Social Justice

“Knowledge emerges only through
invention and reinvention, 
the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue with the world and with others.” - Paulo Freire

Dr. Kelsey Iino Portrait

Dr. Kelsey
Faculty Coordinator, Health Science, Athletics, and Fine Arts Counselor

AA Sociology, El Camino College, BA Sociology, UCLA, MEd Counseling in Student Affairs, UCLA, EdD Educational Leadership, USC

“Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.” -Denis Diderot

Scott Kushigemachi Portrait

Scott Kushigemachi
Faculty Advisor

B.A., English, Biola University; M.A., English, Cal State University of Long Beach

“It's not what you look like when you're doin' what you're doin’ / It's what you're doin' when you're doin' what you look like you're doin'” -Charles Wright

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Analu Kameeiamoku Josephides
Assistant Professor/Lead Reference Librarian

Bachelors of Arts – Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaii; Masters of Library and Information Science, University of Hawaii

“I love life because what more is there!” - Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins

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Mele Tangikina
Project Assistant

B.A., Human Development & Social Relations, Kalamazoo College

"If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation." - Lao Tzu

Sina Fifita Portrait

Sina Fifita
Project Assistant

B.A., Political Science- Law and Society, University of California, Riverside

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” -Marianne Williamson

Dr. Hong Herrera Thomas

Dr. Hong Herrera Thomas
History Instructor

AA, Liberal Studies, Cypress College; BA, History, CSU Fullerton; MA, American Studies, CSU Fullerton; PhD, History and Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Fredrick Douglass