Oceania Connects

K.L. Parker

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Active Partner

Pronouns: They/Them


Born and raised in Hawai’i with mixed heritage (Kanaka Maoli, Nikkei, Polish), I am a rising anthropologist from UC Berkeley with an intersectional praxis & perspective. 

I am passionate about cross-cultural, collaborative, and creative programing that challenges sociocultural schemas, and have worked within the Asian Pacific American Student Development center at UC Berkeley as a Pacific Islander Liaison. Recently, I've been appointed to the Asian American Pacific Islander standing committee to advise the Chancellor's Cabinet at UC Berkeley, and while

I’ve worn many hats and have been called many things, my purpose has always been firmly rooted in service.

Thomas Mangloña II

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Active Partner

Pronouns: He/Him


I am a native Chamorro born and raised on the island of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. I am a Gates Millennium Scholar, Truman Scholar, and undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Media and Journalism. 

I started writing news reports for my island on my blog when I was in middle school and my passion for journalism has since flourished, leading me to work for several print publications and the regional Pacific News Center as an on-camera correspondent covering government, education, and community.  I am also the executive director of Berkeley’s online television station and a former news intern at ABC7 News in SF. I am passionate about diversity and representation in the media.

Betsy Valu Rohney

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Former Partner

Pronouns: She/Her


I’m an 'afakasi (mixed-race) person of Tongan, Fijian and European descent born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m a UC Berkeley alumna with experience researching language preservation in indigenous communities, particularly the Aotearoa-New Zealand Māori language. My research has been funded by the UCB Center for Race and Gender and I’ve spent time in New Zealand speaking with Māori people about how language shapes their identity. Much of my work revolves around intersectionality and decolonization of Pacific Islander identity. I’m hoping to start this channel to continue our storytelling traditions and to spotlight the various ways of being "Pacific Islander".