Aaron Gozum (he/siya) is a Filipino American community organizer, researcher and singer-songwriter based in San Diego, California.
COMMUNITY & ACTIVISM
Committed to community building, Aaron has engaged in work, volunteering, organizing, and activism in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, and now San Diego. Most recently, he conducted research to support nonprofits in the Bay Area with BuildingBlox Consulting.
During undergrad, he volunteered with Mission Graduates and participated in service projects with SFSU’s Circle K International. He mentored elementary grade students, supported the annual Twin Peaks Pink Triangle installation for SF Pride, hosted fundraising events, oversaw arts and crafts sessions at the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center for people with disabilities, rebuilt trails in Bay Area parks, supported environmental cleanups, participated in food banks distribution, and assisted office re-organization efforts at a gay men’s clinic.
During graduate school, he volunteered as a musical artist in New York City with Sing For Hope where he sang at local community centers and children’s hospitals, volunteered with the NYU Media, Culture and Communication MA program as a student representative for the Media, Culture and Communication MA Student Association, and engaged in activism with fellow students and New York City-based activist groups including Decolonize this Place and the Reclaim Pride Coalition. Currently, he is a volunteer English tutor with Refugee & Immigrant Transitions (RIT), a community organizer with the Malaya Movement, and a Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) representative for the UC San Diego Communication Department.
RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Aaron received his Master of Arts degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU) in 2019 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2015. He is currently a doctoral student in the Communication program at University of California, San Diego. You can read more about his research here.
SONGWRITING & MORE
Aaron’s music can be found on most streaming services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal, YouTube, and more. You can read more about his songwriting here.
Aaron writes about culture, community and communication on Kapwa, a periodical newsletter intended to embrace kapwa an ethical concept in Filipino culture meaning togetherness through difference. Find him on Spotify, Instagram and Twitter @azgozum.