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Sefa Aina

Associate Dean & Director of the Draper Center, Pomona College

Sefa Aina is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Draper Center for Community Partnerships at Pomona College. Professionally, he has served as an academic and student-organizational advisor, as well as an instructor for Asian American Studies programs at UCLA and California State University, Fullerton. Sefa has taught courses in contemporary Pacific Islander issues, community engagement, and has done countless workshops and talks at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Sefa serves on the Board of APAHE (Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education), EPIC (Empowering Pacific Islander Communities), NaPALI (National Pacific American Leadership Institute), and during the pandemic, helped to found the Inland Empire Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team. In September of 2010, Sefa was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Sefa served as the Vice-Chair of the Commission from 2010 - 2014.