Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She identifies as a Pacific indigenous scholar, a Wayfinder, a student, a transformative leader, and a designer of change. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Gerry understands the power of being an indigenous leader living in a Westernized world. As a cultural practitioner, she has learned and continues to learn how to walk in both worlds.
Gerry believes that at the heart of indigenous leadership is a spiritual core- a believer in ‘co-evolution’ by which humans did not evolve only in relationship with each other, but that of all creation co-evolved in a symbiotic spiritual exchange, and we all connect to a shared origin called Mana.
This integral intelligence encompasses Mana in the way of Aloha, the power that binds all things together through love, compassion, and empathy. The unity of indigenous epistemology and western philosophies gives us the ability to extrapolate from multiple disciplines with grace and understanding while holding multiple points of view with resilience and adaptability.
She is a dynamic instructor who co-mingles humor and science, making her teachings easy to apply. She is a fantastic facilitator who demonstrates that the best gift we can give ourselves and others is the practice of resilience; our ability to promote positive emotional perceptions, manage our stress-induced reactions and adapt to the daily challenges that life often throws our way.
A certified trainer of the Institute of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage Program, a graduate from Antioch University’s Masters of Whole Systems Design and a Social Science major from Washington State University, Gerry understands the importance of co-creating change and the social sciences of learning together. She believes that through systemic thinking and daily practice of resilience, we can move towards cultivating an environment of cohesiveness and synchronicity.
Gerry hopes to share with the world the wisdom of what it means to be an indigenous leader. A living, breathing, dynamic skill which includes aspects such as adaptive capability, multi-dimensional intelligence, empathetic humanity and the kind of authenticity and ethical conviction that grows valiant and honorable individuals.
To add to her list of credentials, Gerry holds Graduate Certificates in Systems Thinking and Design, Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change, and Permaculture Design.