Brooke Kamalani Yuen
Brooke Kamalani Yuen (also goes by Kamalani or “Kama”)(pronouns she/her/hers) is originally from Hawai’i, she Identifies as a mixed Pacific Islander or Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), being multiracial.
Kamalani recently graduated from UMass Amherst in 2019 with a Bachelors in Public Health and a Minor in Psychology. At UMass Amherst, she advocated for the recognition and support of BIPOC communities. While working at the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center, she also worked closely with the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center to focus on the betterment of AAPI students on the UMass Amherst Campus through events and advocacy. She also was the President of the Native American Student Association her Senior Year and on the UMass Amherst Women’s Club Soccer Team. She received the “Quiet Influencer/Unsung Hero Award” from the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) on the UMass Amherst Campus.
Currently, she is the part-time Western MA Community Outreach Coordinator for the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. She is also currently a third grade teacher at Springfield Prep Charter School in Western MA. She hopes to continue to advocate for marginalized communities, decolonize education, and eventually go for a Masters in Educational Leadership.