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AFTOC Ambassador: Christianna Lapine

Christianna Lapine

Where are you from?
I was born in China and adopted by my mom, who is American. We have lived overseas our whole lives, including Singapore, Russia, Panama, the United Kingdom, and Abu Dhabi. I am from Pompano Beach, Florida, because that was always where I would consider ‘home.’

What is your favorite thing about the College of Education?
My favorite thing about the College of Education is our professors and the overall environment of the WSU Education program. Not being from Washington and moving here was intimidating, but my professors have been supportive and helpful. They genuinely care about being teachers and pass on that valuable knowledge that I will always respect.

Why is being an ambassador for AFTOC important to you?
There are not many students of color in the College of Education, so it means a lot to have resources and a community that is welcoming and enthusiastic. So when I heard about this program, I felt very connected not only with the principles but the goals.

What is one thing you want other people to know about AFTOC?
I want people to know that AFTOC is here for everyone. This organization is a safe place for people of color to thrive and grow through their education journey.

What is one fun fact about you?
I am 22 and still do not know how to drive.


Food: Ramen

Movie: Hidden Figures

Book: The BFG, by Roald Dahl

Song: “Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin