Southeast Asian Pasts and Futures (SEAPF) Program Recruiting for the 2022-2023 – Apply Today!

The Southeast Asian Pasts and Futures (SEAPF) is recruiting for the 2022–2023 cohort! SEAPF brings together AAPI and first-gen students with diasporic communities to celebrate cultural strength and resilience. With the support of UW faculty and Burke Museum staff, students will design their own projects and curriculum, work directly with objects in the Southeast Asian Collections, and build relationships with AAPI knowledge holders in the Puget Sound. Each quarter, students will participate in critical conversations and community-building activities while exploring the field of museum studies and practicing indigenous research methods. They will build important skills in networking, advocacy, and utilizing the resources of an R1-university to help prepare them for graduate studies and to support their own communities. At its heart, this program is about decolonization: of knowledge, institutions, and ourselves. It centers the voices and experiences of students with links to Southeast Asia and re-examines the museum and the university as spaces we may claim and transform.

Come join a new community and be a part the 2022–2023 Southeast Asian Pasts and Futures cohort. Students are welcomed to email Dr. Raissa DeSmet ( and Advisor Nhi P. Tran ( for more information. Please Note: the full program is a 3-quarters sequence (AUT22, WIN23, and SPR23), but students may enroll for one, two, or three quarters and earn up to 15-credits per quarter. 

3–5 credit course is available for students. SEAPF will meet in-person once a week at the Burke Museum on Tuesday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  To confirm, there is no application deadline, however, admission is based on space available. Apply now to be part of SEAPF’s second cohort!

While the focus of the experience will be on Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American histories and identities, we are committed to centering BIPOC and first gen students, but welcome applications from all interested applicants. To learn morecheck out this video about SEAPF by King County for AANHPI Heritage Month.

Email Nhi P. Tran at with any questions!

By Eli Heller (He/Him)
Eli Heller (He/Him) Career Coach