Lauren Salas-Mationg is a senior studying Health Promotion & Disease Prevention with a minor in Gerontology. As a coordinator with the APASS PULE initiative she educates the USC community about critical Pacific Islander issues along with mentoring current high school students about the importance of pursuing higher education. APASS allows her to embrace her Pacific Islander and proudly shares her PI identity with the office and USC campus as a whole. She is most excited for the Spring Youth Summit where prominent Pacific Islander speakers and mentors empower Pacific Islander youth. In addition to working with APASS, she is involved with the USC Caruso Catholic Center and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Kristine Joy Bacani is the Graduate Coordinator/Intern for USC APASS PULE: Promoting Unity, Liberation and Education working directly with POTO, the Pacific Islander High School Outreach. She received her B.A. in Political Science Administrative Studies with a concentration in Marketing from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2011. After graduation, she worked for the University of California, Irvine Stem Cell Research Center while volunteering at her alma mater's Student Life Office. She decided to pursue a career in student affairs because she believes that college is the time students find their passion and she wants to help and be a part of their journey to find it. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA) at USC Rossier School of Education in hopes to gain the right skills to effectively improve the experience of future students in higher education and facilitate them to achieve their dreams. In addition to working with APASS, she is also an Assistant Residence Coordinator for the USC Office of Residential Education, a Graduate Assistant at the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, and is the Vice President of Education Graduate Organization at USC.