About Me

Leadership | Communication | Self-starter | Teamwork | Resilience

Erin Thomas is a student at American University studying International Studies with a focus on the Pacific Islands. She has dedicated her life to being an advocate against discrimination in the Pacific Islands. She currently works as a  research assistant with the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination (ICAAD) on a variety of projects in the Pacific Islands. She is also a wellness coach and personal trainer with a passion for spreading wellness and body positivity among individuals she works with.

Erin’s current efforts to develop her gifts include research, writing, travel, and leadership. She has studied international organizations and comparative governance in Madrid, Spain and Brussels, Belgium. Currently, she is in Auckland, New Zealand where she spent a semester at the University of Auckland pursuing Pacific Studies and is now researching with ICAAD. In the past few years, she has completed an independent study on Pacific Islands history, 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. Looking forward, she plans on developing her research skills through a master’s and doctorate degree 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.

In July 2018, Erin will be starting her master’s degree in Development Studies with a focus on the Pacific Islands at the University of Auckland. Help support her fundraising efforts for postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland.