Kehaulani Vaughn

Kehaulani is currently the Acting Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Resource Center (ARRC) at Pomona College. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Director of the AARC and has taught at the Claremont Colleges over the last several years. Her courses often work in collaboration with the Saturday Tongan Education Program (STEP). Currently, Kehaulani is doctoral candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Riverside. Her educational background includes a bachelor or arts in American Studies from Occidental College and graduate degrees from UCLA in Education and Asian American with a concentration in American Indian Studies. Her current research explores Pacific Island Studies, Native American Studies, Indigenous epistemologies, Indigenous education, and decolonial practices and pedagogies. She has taught numerous courses including: Pacific Islander Indigenous Education, Community Studies, Decolonial Education, Race and Ethnicity in the United States, Indigeneity in Hawai’i, Asian American Studies, Native American Studies and Research Methodology.

Before returning for her doctorate, Kehaulani worked professionally at UCLA as an Academic Advisor for undergraduate and graduate students and also coordinated a federally funded Student Support Services (TRIO) program. She has been involved with educational access, outreach, and retention over the past several years both professionally and voluntarily amongst underrepresented students and families. She is also a co-founder and current board member of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC) based in Southern California. EPIC is a nationally recognized advocacy organization for Pacific Islanders and works to empower the community through research, advocacy and education. She is a nationally recognized speaker and scholar on higher education and Pacific Islander education issues and consults for numerous organizations including the Gates Millennium Scholarship Fund, Asian Pacific American Scholarship Fund and OCA.