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From the Middle of the Pacific to the Ocean State

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From the Middle of the Pacific to the Ocean State

  1. 1. From the Middle of the Pacific to the Ocean State Makana Tavares
  2. 2. Wise Words He lawai'a no ke kai papa'u, he pokole ke aho; he lawai'a no ke kai hohonu he loa ke aho. A fisherman of shallow seas uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea uses a long line. You will reach only as far as you aim and prepare yourself to reach.
  3. 3. Dreams for Moku o Keawe  To see Hawai'i produce its own food and energy and reduce its dependence on domestic and foreign imports.  To see Hawai'i's status as a military outpost reduced dramatically.  To have Hawai'i's residents realize its cosmopolitan nature and embrace its multicultural identity fully.
  4. 4. Background What differentiates you from others? How have your past experiences influenced your present goals?  First generation college student  Attended an alternative charter school  Connection to Hawaiian culture/value system  I am inspired by a commitment to community well-being as exemplified by the organizations with which I’ve had the privilege of working.
  5. 5. Background contd. My Hawaiian island community has given me:  Desire to venture outside of Hawai’i  Interest in grassroots efforts to better meet social needs  Concepts like kaona – layers of understanding, and makawalu – multiple perspectives, mixed identities  Interest in studying “culture”, giving voice to the voiceless, challenging dominant societal tropes
  6. 6. Preparation  College Horizons  Positive relationship with College Counselor  $20,000 Scholarships from both the Gromet and Dell Foundations, respectively
  7. 7. Where I am now  Rising Junior at Brown University  Anthropology concentrator (in Engaged Scholars Program)  Intern in University Human Resources  Volunteer at the Samaritans of Rhode Island  Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program Mentor  Incoming Co-President of the Social Action House
  8. 8. What I’ve learned getting here Don’t sell yourself short/underestimate your abilities Seek help – there are so many resources out there; take the initiative to find them! Worries/insecurities I’ve had:  Culture-shock/Missing home  Supporting myself financially  Inability to keep pace with Ivy-League academics  Doubts about my academic choices
  9. 9. Where I want to be I’m not entirely sure… Nothing is concrete  Abroad in the Spring – doing fieldwork to enrich my Anthropology concentration  Interning at a non-profit, continuing work with The Samaritans  Graduating in 2017 and either pursuing further work in the non-profit sector or an advanced degree.
  10. 10. Field ExperienceInternships:  AS220 Youthhttp://youth.as220.org/ makanas-internship-favorite- summer-moments-2/  The Samaritans of Rhode Island http://samaritansri.org/ What next?  More non-profit work: grant- finding/writing and non-profit management to create sustainable organizations
  11. 11. Successes and Failures  Adjusting to New England (weather, culture, etc.)  Balancing academics, extracurriculars, and jobs  Maintaining high standards for myself  Finding a healthy community  Learning to be uncomfortable!  Having a good sense of humor
  12. 12. What I’ve learned about leading  Leadership is multifaceted  There are different leadership styles, all of which can be equally effective depending on the situation  Collaboration and communication are absolutely key!

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