The Students

Twenty-three (23) Asian American students and alumni from four (4) Washington universities participated in this project. Participants attend or have attended Western Washington University (WWU), Seattle University (SU), the University of Washington (UW), and Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). To have participated, participants needed to:

  • Identify as Asian American and
  • Have experienced the 2019–2020 academic year

Four (4) participants are part of the Class of 2020. Three (3) are part of the Class of 2021. Six (6) are part of the Class of 2022. Ten (10) are part of the Class of 2023.

A majority of the participants are Filipino American (14) and are women or femme-aligning (16). Most participants are attending or have attended WWU (9) or SU (8).

During the interviews, seven (7) participants identified as either mixed (race) or multicultural. Seven (7) identified as LGBTQIA+. Two (2) identified as adoptees. One (1) identified as disabled and as a wheelchair user.

The participants come from a wide range of disciplines. Five (5) participants are double majors or double degrees. At the time of the interviews, five (5) participants have switched majors during their university careers, some switching more than once.

When counted individually, a majority of the participants’ majors are outside of the STEM fields:

  • 10 participants are of the sciences and engineering
  • 8 are of the humanities and social sciences
  • 4 are of education or pursuing a teaching endorsement
  • 3 are of business
  • 2 are of the fine and performing arts

WWU

Participants from Western Washington University

Seattle U

Participants from Seattle University

UW

Participants from the University of Washington

PLU

Participants from Pacific Lutheran University

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