Born and raised in Kalihi, Oʻahu, Donavan Albano is a proud multi-ethnic Native Hawaiian and first-generation college student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he double majors in Ethnic Studies and American Studies. His interests lie in studying the impact of settler colonialism on the attempted erasure of Indigenous presence, the formation of social movements, and exploring approaches to increasing political and civic engagement among front line communities of color. Donavan is also involved in the Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of visionary leaders. On campus, he participates in the Nā Koʻokoʻo Hawaiian Leadership Program and serves as a Mānoa Peer Advisor and ASUH Senator. To enhance intersectional-driven, community-based solutions to Hawaiʻi’s most pressing issues, Donavan aspires to a career in public interest advocacy and education.