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Celebrate API Heritage Month with Dr. Osorio

Date: 6:00pm PDT May 13 Location: Facebook Live

  • On the left Dr. Osario is pictured in sunglasses, microphone at mouth in front of an upside-down Hawaiian flag. The text on the right reads celebrating Queer Indigenous Resistance with Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osario. In the bottom right are two logos for UTOPIA PDX & Talanoa Series.

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Student Leadership and Service (SLS) appreciates the important work of United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (UTOPIA) Portland. Check out this upcoming event via Facebook Live! 

UTOPIA is highlighting the work and story of Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio as their featured speaker for our API Heritage Month Talanoa series. Tune into Facebook live for a conversation with Dr. Osorio celebrating Queer Indigenous Resistance! We’ll talk about her work as a professor at the University of Hawai’i Manoa, her experience on Mauna Kea to halt the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, and the struggles and beauty of what it means to be a QTPI.


Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ʻUpena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA) and New York University (MA).


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