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Fee waivers available to UH Hilo employees for the 2018 Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Summit

A limited number of tickets and ground transportation are available at no cost to all UH Hilo employees with support from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

Jackie Young

The Women’s Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo announces the availability of funding from the Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee to support attendance at the upcoming 2018 Hawai‘i Island Women’s Leadership Summit on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Keynote speaker is Jackie Younga consultant, speaker, and advocate for social change and healthy communities.

General Information (scroll down)
Workshop Information

Complete the information on this Google Form and submit electronically no later than Monday, October 8. Those who are selected will be notified on Wednesday, October 10.

Interim Chancellor’s Monthly Column: UH Hilo, a leader in diversity

Our campus’s cultural diversity provides an environment in which appreciation for diversity of perspectives can create a healthy community where everyone feels respected and valued.

Large group, Freshman class.
UH Hilo’s Fall 2018 Freshman Class gather on the Campus Center Plaza during Orientation Week, Aug, 15, 2018. In August, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 Almanac ranked UH Hilo as the most diverse four-year public university in the nation. Courtesy photo from the Freshman Experience Program, click to enlarge.

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has much to celebrate. Our campus prides itself on being an inclusive community, nurturing and supporting a global mix of ethnicities and cultures. In August, The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 Almanac ranked UH Hilo as the most diverse four-year public university in the nation! Three other UH campuses also ranked in the top 10.

Our campus’s cultural diversity provides an environment in which appreciation for diversity of perspectives can create a healthy community where everyone feels respected and valued. This is enriching for everyone on campus. But it’s even more than that.

Having local, mainland, Pacific region and other international students all living and learning together gives everyone real experience in the development of global understanding. Students leave our campus and community with a strong sense of the value of diversity in education, commerce, health and welfare—our graduates are already global citizens before graduation, with an understanding that valuing diversity raises the quality of life for everyone.

Let me share something about our people and programs working in support of diversity at UH Hilo.

First, we embrace our responsibility to serve the indigenous people of Hawai‘i and to support Hawai‘i’s indigenous language and culture. Hawai‘i’s people, history, cultures, and natural environment permeate all that we do in teaching, conducting research, and doing outreach to the community.

In addition to our Hawaiian language and cultural revitalization programs, cultural practitioners are part of many programs in the natural sciences, pharmaceutical and health sciences, humanities, and sustainability. Cultural practitioners at our Uluākea program teach faculty in various academic disciplines an authentic and practical understanding of indigenous ways of knowing the world.

Group of people some blowing conch shells.
Cultural practitioners at our Uluākea program teach faculty in various academic disciplines an authentic and practical understanding of indigenous ways of knowing the world. Courtesy photo.

It is from this strong place-based foundation that our campus embraces the world, its peoples and its cultures.

In academics, Professor of Sociology Marina Karides is developing a new track of study focusing on island and indigenous sociology. The curriculum includes courses on indigenous health and well-being, island feminism, and the political economy of Hawai‘i. Students’ theses will be based in indigenous research protocols, and internships will be required with organizations that serve Native Hawaiian and/or indigenous communities.

Through the Study Abroad program, headed by Director of Global Exchange Carolina Lam, our local students have many opportunities to study in another country, giving them real world experience of other cultures and people. Students who study abroad gain valuable skills and expertise for an increasingly internationalized and interdependent world.

Anya Benevides by lake, snow and snow capped mountains in distance.
UH Hilo exchange student Anya Benevides, Narvik, Norway. Courtesy photo.

On campus, UH Hilo hosts incoming exchange students from different nations and cultures each semester in a program headed by Director of Global Exchange Tom Shumway. Almost 100 new international exchange and other international students have joined us this fall—of those about 30 are exchange students with us for one or two semesters and the others degree seeking. About 250 total international students are on campus. Along with international films and speakers, these students present opportunities for an enriched understanding of diverse viewpoints and experiences that benefit our classrooms, our campus, and the greater Hilo community.

Group of people, the host family and their young daughter with students.
The Matsui Family of Hilo is a host family to UH Hilo international students. (Left to right) student La-Arnie Lucky, student Niah Maui, Savannah Matsui, Erin Matsui, Kent Matsui, and student Ngiratkel Singeo. Read story about the Host Family Program welcome event hosted earlier this semester. Courtesy photo, click to enlarge.

At our Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Director Jennifer Stotter is looking at diversity on campus from the perspective of equity. In addition to ensuring that UH Hilo is following all laws and policies pertaining to equal opportunity, the EEO/AA office also develops training programs and workshops on sexual harassment and discrimination to ensure all on our campus are supported and treated fairly.

LGBTQ+ Center logo, rainbow heart with words: LGBTQ+ Center University of Hawaii at HiloAt our Division of Student Affairs, Vice Chancellor Farrah-Marie Gomes is looking at developing a Center for Diversity and Multiculturalism to bring together all the programs that currently support diversity, including the Center for Global Education and Exchange, the Minority Access and Achievement Program, the Student Support Services Program, the Womenʻs Center, the LGBTQ+ Center, Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and others. The centralization will allow for even more coordination and collaboration between people and programs in support of our diverse campus community.

We look forward to doing more, because this is the type of support that expands our students’ views about people, their diverse communities and the world as they become global citizens and move on to become the leaders of the future.

Diversity Fair

UH Hilo will be celebrating Global Diversity Awareness Month on campus with a Diversity Fair on Oct. 24. There will be student presentations, artwork, music, food, and performance art, all celebrating diversity. The different programs mentioned in this column will also have displays and information booths. An awards ceremony will cap the event recognizing the best student presentations. All are welcome, the event is free and open to the public. I hope you’ll join us.

Aloha,

Marcia Sakai

Hawaiian Healing Arts workshop for faculty and staff, May 3

To successfully create a culture of mental and emotional wellness for students on campus, faculty and staff are encouraged to create a culture of emotional wellness for themselves.

Dane  Kaohelani Silva
Dane  Kaohelani Silva

The University of Hawai’i at Hilo Suicide Prevention Committee and Counseling Services invites all faculty and staff to a Lomi Noho  (seated massage) and Hawaiian Healing Arts workshop by Kumu Dane  Kaohelani Silva sponsored by the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

To successfully create a culture of mental and emotional wellness for students on campus, faculty and staff are encouraged to create a culture of emotional wellness for themselves.

DATE: May 3, 2018
TIME: 1:00 to  2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Campus Center, room 306.

This experiential workshop will include instruction on partner lomi noho (seated massage) as well as information about Hawaiian healing arts for self-care. Kumu Dane will introduce three local plants that are used by kanaka maoli (indigenous people) to preserve health and prevent pehupehu (chronic inflammation). They may be applied by participants during this session.

Bio

Kumu Dane Kaohelani Silva was born and raised in Hilo, Hawai’i Island. He grew up in the Hawaiian community of Keaukaha. During his youth, he was trained in healing and martial arts by native experts.

Educated in Hawai’i and the mainland, he completed a long career in academia, military and clinical practice. A leader in the field of integrative healthcare, he continues to promote the practice of  self-care as the foundation for family and community health.

Kumu Dane is currently developing herbal products for self-care and home care. Using medicinal plants from the garden, these oils and creams are designed to offer relief from pain, swelling and loss of function.

Information

For more information or disability accommodation contact Counseling Services.

General info about Counseling Services for staff and faculty.

Reservations

Participation is limited, RSVP online.

Lecture on diversity and multiculturalism by visiting scholar Gary Okihiro, May 2

The Chancellor’s Diversity Committee invites the university community and the general public to attend a talk by a nationally acclaimed scholar, founder and teacher of Asian American and comparative ethnic studies.

 

Gary Okihiro
Gary Okihiro

SPEAKER: Gary Y. Okihiro, PhD.
TITLE: “Diversity and its Discontents: How Multiculturalism Failed Us.”
DATE: Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
TIME: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
PLACE: University Classroom Building, room 100, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo (campus map).

Free and open to the UH community and the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

Bio

Gary Y. Okihiro, PhD, is a visiting professor of American Studies at Yale University, a professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and the founding director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He has taught, directed and developed the comparative ethnic studies programs at Humboldt State University, Santa Clara University, and Cornell University.

Prof. Okihiro is the author of 14 books, and his research focuses on the United States (including Hawaiʻi) southern Africa, Asian studies and world history. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association and Association for Asian American Studies, received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of the Ryukyus (Okinawa), and is a past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

Sponsors

The talk is sponsored by the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Diversity Committee and the Droste Bequest.

Contact

Contact Patsy Iwasaki for more information or auxiliary aids/special accommodations to participate.

Tuition waivers available for UH Hilo and RCUH employees to attend professional development courses

Waivers, available to employees of UH Hilo and of the Research Corporation of UH, are supported by the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

Courses

UH Hilo seal, red lettering University of Hawaii and the state motto.Business Process Mapping

This course provides strategies and skills to allow leaders to define processes and develop process maps. Organizations often perform recurring tasks, yet fail to document the entire process from beginning to end. Process mapping allows individuals and organizations to understand what the organization does and who performs each action in a visual representation. This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn the basic components, processes, and skills for process mapping. Participants will be prepared with an understanding of process and process map components which can be applied to their organizations.

  • Instructor: Joslyn Sato, PMP, Project Management Institute.
  • Monday, April 30, 2018 (1 class).
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Analyzing Processes to Map Better Outcomes

Building on the Business Process Mapping workshop, learn how to analyze process maps to make effective decisions and identify opportunities for improvement. This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to learn basic analysis, which leverages basic process mapping concepts and introduces new skills in detailed process mapping, and new components in process analysis.

  • Instructor: Joslyn Sato, PMP, Project Management Institute.
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (1 class).
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Creating Effective Customer Relationships Using Social Media

Like it or not, how your company, project, or unit social media online influences customer behavior. How many people do you know with a mobile phone? How many people do you know have Facebook? How many people do you know get up to speed by reading the social media feeds? Social media greatly increases exposure, awareness, accessibility, and overall impact of your organization. Did you know that in a 2016 study by the Pew Research Center, on a total population basis (accounting for Americans who do not use the internet at all), estimated that 68% of all U.S. adults are Facebook users, while 28% use Instagram, 26% use Pinterest, 25% use LinkedIn and 21% use Twitter. The new generation of social media users In a recent social media study by J.D. Power & Associates, 87 percent of satisfied customers said their online interaction with the company “positively impacted” their likelihood of purchase from that company.

  • Instructor: Tom DeWitt, Associate Professor at the UH Hilo College of Business and Economics.
  • Wednesdays, April 11 – May 2, 2018 (4 classes).
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Culture-Based Leadership Development

Authentic leadership begins with an awareness of your own values and cultural norms. Using this awareness as a foundation for your professional practice enables greater authenticity, empowerment, personal and professional satisfaction, and the ability to support these positive outcomes in those you lead. This one-day seminar will help participants to increase their awareness of their own cultural values and norms and apply it directly to leadership and management practices such as time management, resource management, and interpersonal communications. Other topics include; developing your leadership philosophy, strategic planning, employee relations, technology use, and creating community partnerships.

  • Instructor: Mary Therese Perez Hattori, Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, Chaminade University.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (1 class).
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Manage Yourself, Lead Others

This one-day workshop is essential for those new to a leadership role and for those who are struggling to build cohesive teams. Personal reflection, group exercises, and facilitated dialogue will allow participants to consider real-work challenges in the areas of communication, leading organizational change, and team building.

  • Instructor: Janice Ikeda, Director of Operations Management, Hope Services.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (1 class).
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To apply

Tuition waiver applications are available online.

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