Kristin Kumagawa Obituary, Death Cause – In memory of our friend, classmate, fellow graduate student, and colleague who was a part of the School of Communication, we ask that you please join us in this celebration. On Thursday, March 16, at 3:30 p.m., the Fish Interfaith Center’s Wallace All Faiths Chapel will play host to the memorial ceremony for Kristin Kumagawa. Individuals who are unable to participate in person but would still like to do so are given the option to do so virtually.
On Thursday, March 16, 2023, there will be a Memorial Service performed in honor of Kristin Kumagawa. (3:30pm) If you attended Chapman University as a student, worked on the Chapman University staff, or were a member of the Chapman University faculty over the previous four years, there is a strong possibility that you knew Kristin Kumagawa ’22 or were familiar with her. Kristin, who is currently pursuing her master’s degree at HCOM and previously earned her bachelor’s degree from the School of Communication with double minors in disability studies
In public relations, and who, along with her service dog Mailie, left quite an impression, made quite an impression. If I told you that Kristin’s favorite quote was “Just because you can’t change everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attempt to change anything,” you wouldn’t be surprised. If you had the privilege of knowing Kristin, you wouldn’t be surprised to find that this was her go-to phrase whenever she needed a pick-me-up. Kristin was not only a remarkable student but an even more remarkable person as well.
Friends of Kristin’s have remarked that she is both kind and kind, in addition to being someone who was an ardent supporter of others and a friend who would always have your back. She lit up the room with her cheery smile and positive attitude, which created an atmosphere that was friendly and inviting for her students. Because of her tireless efforts to advocate for individuals with disabilities (via organizations such as the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative and the American Association of People with Disabilities), she has earned this recognition.
Disability in Hollywood, her involvement on campus (Orientation Leader, Greek Life, Chapman Spoonies, PRSSA, I Am Chapman speaker and representative, On Broadway, Assistant to Dr. Blaser, work in the Cross-Cultural Center/Student Engagement, Lambda Pi Eta board member, and so much more), and her outstanding academic achievements all contributed to her selection as the recipient of this award.