Hey! My name is Makana Waikiki and I am a Sophomore here at WOU studying Communication and Psychology. I was born on the Big Island of Hawai’i and have been here in Oregon for about two years. I love to swim, perform, and spend time with my family. I am also engaged to be married next year to my best friend and can’t wait! I am so excited to be working at MSU this year and bringing the multicultural student union to the next level!
“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle” -Wilma Rudolph
My name is Paulina Gutierrez. I am Inupiaq (Alaskan Native) and Puerto Rican. I was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. In 4th grade, I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. When I was a freshman in high school I moved to Portland, Oregon and last year I came to WOU! This is my second year as a college student and my major is Secondary Education and my focus area is History. When I graduate I plan on becoming a high school history teacher and my dream is to create change to be able to teach a more diverse and inclusive people’s history for all of the future students. I enjoy going to the movies, hanging out with friends, playing sports, and taking my dog Moo Moo on walks!
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” -August Wilson
Hello! My name is Anna Hernandez-Hunter and I am originally from Raisin City, California. I moved to Oregon in 1991 and graduated from Dayton High School. I also graduated from Western Oregon University with a BA in Secondary Education (focus in Spanish). I was in the Ed Program that I met my husband, Robert, Who is a middle school Science Teacher in the Salem Keizer School District. We have 4 boys, Elias (who is 15) and Alex, Adam and Evan (who are 9). My hobbies are reading, scrap booking and crafting. I have been involved with MSU both as a student executive board member myself and later as an Advisor since 1992.
“You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” – Cesar E. Chavez