Autobiographical Statement, Thomas Hiura

Thomas Hiura is the WOW Hall board vice-chair, a City of Eugene Human Rights commissioner and a musician. Born in Japan and raised in north Eugene, Thomas has fought for reproductive rights, climate readiness and student welfare funding in governments and schools. A Eugene Future First Citizen award recipient, Thomas is passionate about education’s and entrepreneurship’s intersections with the arts, hip-hop/youth culture and grassroots journalism. In 2023, they co-led the Springfield History Museum’s ILLUMINATION project on unheard Asian-American stories. They hold a B.A. from Carleton College in American Studies, and certificates in music and modern journalism from New York University.