Partners in Focus
IOA-LSAMP Alliance Members, University of Guam
As a recipient of funding through the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s [Islands of Opportunity—LSAMP] grant, UOG is pleased to be able to grow our research capabilities and play an active role in building regional interest and success in the STEM fields. . . . When minority populations are engaged and supported to excel, the global population benefits as a whole
—Thomas W. Krise in UOG press release.
IOA-LSAMP Kickoff Event
January 10-11, 2019, marked the grand kickoff event for IOA-LSAMP, which was held at the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo to officially begin the new award cycle (Sept. 1, 2018-Aug. 31, 2023). The event was attended by all 11 site coordinators, PIs, and other affiliated members of the Islands of Opportunity Alliance and entailed long and fruitful discussions about how to implement the exciting and innovative initiatives outlined in the proposal. The kickoff began with a stirring and centering kīpaepae (opening ceremony) and ended with a reflective ʻawa ceremony. Below are just a few memorable images that capture the spirit of the event.