Rebecca joined LAING Hawai‘i after being part of its fourth cohort of Ilokano language courses (iLAING 4). She grew up in Kalihi and Waipahu to first-generation immigrant parents from Pilipinas, and now currently resides in Ewa. She received her BA – English (University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu), and MA in Communication (University of Hawai’i at Mānoa). She is a current doctoral student in Learning Design and Technology (LTEC) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa aiming to use this knowledge to foster a sense of belonging and addressing equity and access in online settings. She currently serves as a College Success Advisor and First Year Experience Coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i-West O’ahu with over six years of experience in higher education dedicated towards supporting and serving students in different capacities.