Meet Kari

Admissions job: I plan parties with a primary focus on students who identify within the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and first-generation communities! I have the honor of connecting with community members, event partners, college bound programs, and student ambassadors to plan group visits and events that are welcoming and enjoyable!

Hometown: Manila, Philippines; O’ahu, Hawaii; and Tacoma, Washington

Education: A brief list of places that have molded my being: University of the Philippines Diliman School of Music, Quezon City, Philippines; Waikele Elementary School, Waipahu, HI; Pearl City High School, Pearl City, HI; Masaki School of Music, Honolulu, HI; University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA; Guadalupe House, Tacoma, WA; Eloheh Indigenous Center for Earth Justice, Yamhill, OR;  and now, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA!

Favorite Seattle restaurant: Itsumono in International District! The BEST comfort food from Hawaii-grown chef, Sean Arakaki.

A trip I’d like to take: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Family: My two nurturing parents, two loving older sisters, and several chosen family members from all the places I’ve lived.

Books reading now: Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

Favorite movie: Roman Holiday (1953)

Favorite thing about SPU: My loving, hilarious, and quirky admissions team!

Where did you attend college? University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Graduation year: 2021

Major: Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy with minors in Music and Global Development Studies