I am glad to be a part of the Nutrition PhD program here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa because Hawaiʻi is the ideal place for my particular research; being in this program allows me to accomplish my research goals. The unique culture of Hawaiʻi is very welcoming and the islands feel like home to me, so getting to follow my dream here is truly an amazing experience. The Nutrition PhD program has helped me to learn more about Native Hawaiian and Indigenous culture, health, and history so that I am better able to help my family and community and to do meaningful and ethical research. Because Hawaiʻi is the world’s central meeting place, I have been able to meet many different people from various parts of the world. Connecting with such a diverse group of individuals has allowed me to learn much more than any other place I have been. Overall, I hope my experience here at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will provide me with the experience, knowledge, and opportunities necessary to build my career in the area of Native Hawaiian, Indigenous, and Mixed Race culture and health so that I can not only help my community and others, but serve as a voice for them in policy as well.
– Michelle Mosley, MS, CBA