Maile Arvin, a PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD), is this year’s Charles Eastman Fellow. Maile is living at the Native American house, and hopes that her proximity to undergraduate students will present unofficial mentoring opportunities. She’s available to help students with graduate school applications, as well as to discuss research, and be generally supportive.
The fellowship will also allow Maile to dedicate the majority of her time to her dissertation, “It’s really a wonderful gift of time,” said Maile, “I’m looking forward to focusing all my efforts on writing and research.” Not only does she have more time to work, but she also has more time to dedicate to professional development–since moving here, Maile has had the opportunity to take advantage of some of Dartmouth’s graduate resources, such as the DCAL workshops, which she credits with helping her brush up on her presenting skills, by offering tips on public speaking and how to cope with nervousness.
Maile grew up in both Hawaii and Kentucky, and her dissertation, The Science of Settler Colonialism: Native Hawaiian Indigeneity Amidst Hawai’i's ‘Racial Mix,’ focuses on Hawaii’s history of being viewed as multicultural melting pot, and the ways in which this has been, and continues to be, damaging to Native Hawaiians. She also discusses how indigenous Hawaiians interpret and respond to these imposed racial structures, focusing especially on Hawaii’s strong sovereignty movement.
In addition to her formal research and dissertation, Maile delves into racial issues on a more personal level, writing and reading poetry. She won first prize, with her contemporary ethnic poetry collection, at the 10th Annual UCSD Libraries Book Collection Competition, graduate division.
More of Maile’s work can be found here.
by Tennile Sunday