CSGA President Brings ‘Light’ to ‘Share With Others’


Photo courtesy of Josephine Iose

As CSGA president and member of various clubs on at CUH, Josephine Iose use her strong family and cultural roots to bring a “welcoming” and “homely” environment to all that she does.

For the last four years, Josephine “Fina” Iose has been at the forefront of events here at Chaminade, but to younger brother John, she will always be “my sister.”

“Our bond grew more when we [both] came out to college because we go to the same school, drive in the same car, vibe to the same songs, go out [to] eat, [and] then we do homework,” said John Iose, a Forensic Sciences major. “If I need help I go to her. If she needs help, she comes to me. You know, brother and sister things.”

Though, being the younger brother to the president of CSGA who knows a lot of people on campus, it can be intimidating. As the CSGA president, Josphine Iose, brings all her previous experiences within CSGA, having been a senator, a house representative, and head of internal affairs. Alongside working within CSGA, she has also been a part of several clubs on campus since her freshman year. These being the Taotao Marianas, Luman’i O Samoa, Kalapu Tonga, and Filipino Club. She was also a part of the Theater Club, Hawaiian Club, the Residential Hall Association, and recently added Chemistry Club and Culinary Club at the beginning of this semester.

“A lot of the things I do is always for the students,” she said. “I performed for a lot of clubs for the enjoyment of the viewers and I honestly love to do what I like to do, which is perform for students, faculty, and people who like to see culture. And I thought I could bring that to student government because of the fact that I’ve been in it for about four years now. But because of my knowledge within CSGA, I just wanted to bring that to light and share that with others.”

Despite being seen as “social” and “extroverted,” Iose considered herself an “ambivert.”

“[I’m] half introverted and half extrovert. So [I’m] in the middle,” said the Psychology major. “You have your times when you want to be loud and want to be heard, and you also have times where you want to be by yourself and just want to be in your own world.”

After finding out what that ambivert was, she now “has something to relate to.”

“I have my moments, … [when] I want to be around people, even if we’re on our phones or computer and you’re sitting right next to me I’ll appreciate that because that keeps me sane,” said Josephine Iose. “And then there are also times where I want to be by myself, so I would go to the library take some time alone sit in peace and quiet.”

She also credits her welcoming persona to her family and their combined cultures of Samoan and Filipino.

“Both families bring that, and both bring love and they both bring some sense of comfort,” Josephine Iose said. “That’s where inclusivity comes in … It’s my whole personality because I love to love and I love to give out love … I like to make the environment that I bring very welcoming and very homely. If I do that then the people that I talk to feel comfortable.”