Talofa and Malo e lelei! Vanessa Tufaga (she/her/hers) is a rising senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, studying Political Science (with a focus in international relations) and International Studies. This summer and fall she is interning at the Peace Corps in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Affairs (SPIGA). Vanessa is passionate about indigenous sovereignty and learning about the history of the Pacific. Aside from her academics and work, she enjoys reading, listening to music, traveling and staying active. She is proud to be a part of a non-profit that is focused on empowering Pacific peoples both locally and nationally.