A/APIHM Keynote Event
Join us for a spoken word performance and keynote by poet Terisa Siagatonu in celebration of A/APIHM at Duke! Terisa is an award-winning touring poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community organizer who is born and rooted in the Bay Area and whose work focuses on Pacific Islander/Indigenous rights, LGBTQIA identities, and gender-based violence. This event will be held online on Zoom; register here: http://tinyurl.com/aapihm-keynote21
Terisa's voice in the poetry world as a queer Sāmoan woman has granted her opportunities to perform in places such as the White House (Obama administration), the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane, Australia, and the 2019 SF Women's March. With numerous viral poetry videos garnering over millions of views collectively, Terisa's writing/teaching blends the personal, cultural, and political in a way that calls for healing, courage, justice, and truth. A 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List Honoree and Kundiman fellow, Terisa's work has been published in Poetry Magazine and has been featured on Button Poetry, CNN, NBCNews, NPR, KQED, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, The Guardian, and Buzzfeed.
Terisa creates and facilitates workshops, leads artistic and professional development trainings, provides mental health clinical support, and delivers keynote speeches across the country on issues that inform her 10+ years of community work involving: youth advocacy, educational attainment, Pacific Islander/Indigenous rights, climate change, LGBTQIA+ rights, gender-based violence, and others. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Community Studies and minor in Education from the University of California- Santa Cruz and a Masters Degree in Marriage/Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). Her past professional experiences as a therapist who specialized in trauma-informed best practices has guided her to use her background as a mental health clinician and poet/speaker to bridge the gaps between our collective healing and liberation.
Additionally, we hope to have your support throughout A/APIHM, you may find the full calendar of events on Duke A/APIHM's Instagram.