News From Portland, Or.
Young Samoan Scholars at Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
By Vui Asiata Dr. Toeutu Faaleava, Editor in Chief, Samoans in Portland
Samoan BUILD EXITO Scholars from American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and one from the University of Hawai’i (UH) were at Portland State University (PSU) in June, 2016. These talented Samoan students joined other BUILD EXITO students from Hawai’i, Alaska, Guam, Marianas, Washington and Oregon in a week of intensive academic workshops and training. BUILD EXITO is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded initiative with the overarching goal of enhancing undergraduate training in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of seamless pathways from community colleges and Pacific Rim Universities participating in the EXITO collaborative. The program provides numerous benefits and supportive factors for undergraduate students interested in pursing a career in research.
The Samoan scholars were exemplary and represented Samoans well.
The Samoan BUILD EXITO scholars met up with Vui Asiata Dr. Toeutu Faaleava at PSU. The names of the students and their parents/villages are as follows: Motulama Nogotau Sipeli’i from Utulei, Alisi Tiffany Fetuao Tagaloa, daughter of Violeta Faupu Fetui and Aga’etai Tagaloa of Fitiuta, Ruby Salome Fia, daughter of Peter and Taufaimatai Fia of Fagaalu, Tausa’afia Lafofuaia Uiagalelei, daughter of Chaira and Utuau Uiagalelei of Futiga, Lelia Eleni Mona Chang (UH scholar), daughter of Terry and Vaimoana Chang of Iliili, Ulelemaikalani Nate Kwon, son of Melvin Sung Ho and Tua Kwon from Petesa Uta (Tafuna).