Class of 2022

Queer crip Lucbanin Kapampangan Pilipinx who has light brown skin, dark brown eyes, and shoulder length black hair wearing a tan cardigan and dark green collar shirt smiling with dark green pothos plants in the background.

Pau Abustan

Cal State Los Angeles

We are proud to induct Pau Abustan into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Dr. Pau Abustan, Ph.D. (they/siya) is an Assistant Professor of Cal State Los Angeles’ Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Their research centers queer critical race feminist disability justice worldmaking in youth learning, animated storytelling, and coalitional activisms. They co-facilitated intersectional coalitional activisms in California (Tongva/Chumash lands) and co-founded youth support programs and a two spirit, transgender, and queer BIPOC led organization in Washington (Niimiipuu lands).

Dr. Abustan is working on their first book reflecting upon their experiences as a queer, gender fluid, and decolonial Pilipinx Lucbanin Kapampangan cripnographer who witnessed youth and elementary school led queer critical race feminist disability justice worldmaking. They are an alumni of UC Santa Barbara, CSU Northridge, and Washington State University who taught at Western Washington University, Highline College, University of Washington, and Washington State University. They are a Faculty Affiliate of the UC Davis Buloson Center for Critical Filipinx Studies and a co-organizer of the Critical Filipinx Studies Collective.