Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Asian American Studies

Reader 1

Gilda L. Ochoa

Reader 2

Sharon G. Goto

Reader 3

Piya Chatterjee

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Educators are uniquely positioned to influence change in their classrooms and communities. This study explores how self-identified educator activists conducted their work in Hawai'i. I interviewed 14 self-identified educator activists teaching in the public school system in Hawai'i. Participants were asked to share their experiences in education, reasons for becoming an educator, definitions of activism and activist identity, and relationships with other educators, their students, the education system, and the larger community. Research revealed three main themes emerging from the interviews. These include educator activists' approaches to activist identity, awareness and challenges to power, and the role of Hawai'i's socio-political historical context on educator activism.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.