Southeast Asian Pasts and Futures Recruiting Students for 2022–2023! All Students Welcomed to Participate

Southeast Asian Pasts and Futures (SEAFP) 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.

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 and welcome applications from all interested students.

To learn more, check out this video about SEAPF by King County for AANHPI Heritage Month and web story on the UWB Homepage.

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.   

For autumn quarter, SEAPF will meet in-person once a week at UWB in UW2-307 on Tuesday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM with some meetings at the Burke.  To confirm, there is no application deadline, however, admission is based on space available. Apply now to be part of SEAPF’s 2022-2023 cohort! Students are welcomed to email Dr. Raissa DeSmet ( and Advisor Nhi P. Tran ( for more information

Please connect with your individual advisor for more information on how SEAPF may be applied to your requirements for graduation.

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