May 18, 2021

The Student Diversity Center Presents:

Bubble Tea and Chat with Queer Crip Asian American Activist-Educators 

Wednesday, May 19, 1:00 – 2:00 P.M.

 Zoom Link:  98510184786

ASL Interpreter and CART services Provided

Hosted by: Dr. Paulina Abustan, Dr. Holly Pearson, and Acacia Kapusta

Let’s munch and chat about:

  • Our collective Queer Crip Asian American identities and experiences
  • Intersectional and transformative disability justice 
  • Our rest, joy, existence, and community building as resistance

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Holly Pearson (No preferred pronouns) is currently a visiting Assistant Professor at Framingham State University in the Sociology and Education department. Holly’s teaching, research, service, and activism focuses around ways of amplifying and facilitating spaces with multiply marginalized bodyminds. In addition, Holly is training to be a yoga teacher and is an aspiring home chef. 

Acacia (she/they) is a small business owner in Pullman, WA, as well as an Intersectional DEI Consultant, Activist, and Educator.  They have nearly a decade of experience working in Student Affairs and specializing in social justice issues, especially disability justice and education.  She has guest lectured in courses such as “Social Justice Leadership,” and presented on social justice issues at regional and international conferences.  Acacia now co-owns a food truck while continuing to do DEI work on the side.

Dr. Paul/Leena/Paulina (he, she, they, siya) is an 8th year higher education instructor and published researcher of Disability Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Teaching and Learning; and Multicultural Leadership. He has over 15 years of critical and intersectional K-12, higher education, and community based leadership and activist experiences. Her scholarship-activism-research centers the dream learning and Kapwa “Self in the Other” worlds of decolonial, sick, disabled, queer, and transgender Pilipinx and BIPOC communities. They are a co-founder and coach of UWB’s Academic Success Coaching Program and affiliate faculty of UW’s Disability Studies Program.