Kyle Reyes


Kyle's art focuses on connections between his rich cultural heritages (Hawaiian/Filipino/Japanese) and a sense of empowerment through artistic voice. A native of Canoga Park, California, Kyle mixes urban artistic expression with cultural stories.  He spent most summers on the northern coast of Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii.  For nearly 11 years Kyle danced with four different performing groups sharing dances primarily from the Polynesian islands (Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, and New Zealand).  Kyle's goal is to empower youth to become authors of their own stories through various art forms (visual arts, dance, music, theater, and spoken word).    


Kyle is the newest member of, and the first Pacific Islander artist on, the Eighth Generation team led by Louie Gong. Eighth Generation focuses on empowering and celebrating Native/Indigenous artists through their Inspired Natives program.  Kyle brings new artistic perspectives of indigenous peoples of the Pacific.  His artwork is meant to tell stories, build bridges, promote dialogue, and honor his ancestors.      


He currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University (UVU) where he has worked for 15 years. Dr. Reyes has served as Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Professor in the School of Education.  He taught classes in Multicultural Education, Arts Integration Methods, and Community Partnerships.  He was on the Governor's Multicultural Commission and he co-chaired the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education.  Kyle has received a number of awards including: Mid-level professional award from the Western Region of NASPA; the UVU Board of Trustees Award; the Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award for the state of Utah from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME); and most recently, the top 50 Diversity Executives in the Nation from Diversity MBA Magazine.  Kyle received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship. 


Kyle has spoken at events and conferences in 15 states and has given over 450 presentations on various topics including: diversity and inclusion, college access, bordered identities, multicultural education, inclusive leadership, youth empowerment, artistic voice, and more.  Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors for the national organization of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) as well as American Indian Services. He spent six years serving on the Somos Foundation focused on Latina/o student scholarships and was recently appointed to the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission.     


Kyle and Michele both draw inspiration and motivation from their seven beautiful children.  Part of the vision of 3 Canoes is to constantly be reminded of our responsibilities to both our past and our future.  The Reyeses try to connect their children with each of their rich cultural heritages in an effort to cultivate this sense of responsibility.


Feel free to contact Kyle at

 @kylereyes1   |     @thekylereyes