About Me

Leadership | Communication | Self-starter | Teamwork | Resilience

Erin Thomas is a master’s student in development studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She has dedicated her life to being an advocate against discrimination in the Pacific Islands. She currently works as an advisor with the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) on a variety of projects in the Pacific Islands. She has a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington D.C. in International Studies with a focus on the Pacific Islands.

Erin’s current efforts to develop her gifts include research, writing, and leadership. In the past few years, she has interned for the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, and was published with the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence. Recently, she led a ground-breaking assessment of gender-based violence in Niue and helped facilitate the first train the trainers program on sexual harassment in Fiji. She has spent time with her studies and research in Madrid, Spain and Brussels, Belgium.

Looking forward, she plans on developing her research skills through her master’s thesis and pursue doctoral studies in development studies at the University of Auckland in order to become a more innovative advocate for human rights in the Pacific Islands.

Throughout this portfolio, you can read about Erin’s accomplishments, skills, and ongoing work. If you have any questions or would like to reach out, please feel free to contact her here.