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Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Woman-profile On The Beach

Valli Kalei Kanuha, MSW, PhD

Founding member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, Teaching Professor and Assistant Dean for Equity and Justice at the University of Washington School of Social Work

Valli Kalei Kanuha, born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi is the daughter of a Native Hawaiian father and Nisei mother. Dr. Kanuha considers herself an indigenous, critical feminist, activist-practitioner-scholar with a focus on interpersonal violence at the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity. For the past 45 years, Kalei has worked as an advocate, teacher, and community-based researcher in Hawaiʻi, Minnesota, New York, and Seattle, and lectures widely on gender violence and social justice issues. Kalei is a founding member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Joyful Heart Foundation and API Chaya, and the Advisory Committee for the Spirit Aligned Leadership Program. Kalei is Teaching Professor and Assistant Dean for Equity and Justice at the University of Washington School of Social Work. She lives with her partner of 25 years, Kata Issari, their daughter, ʻĀnela Issari-Kanuha, and their young pup, Kai.

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