UH Hilo to host HELP Symposium

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Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo hosts the Spring HELP (Highly Engaged Learning Placement) Symposium on Friday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Campus Center 301. The event is free and open to the public.

The bi-annual symposium is designed to promote awareness of the needs in Pacific Island communities and the work of Pacific Islander college students in community-based projects that impact their education and community. The HELP program is part of the high-impact student employment initiative at UH Hilo’s Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC).

Undergraduate students from UH Mānoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies will present their research on a wide range of community-based projects conducted as part of the BA capstone project. Topics by the graduating students include ways that voyaging has strengthened Pacific communities on Oʻahu, how teens contribute to family finances with after school jobs, healthcare for migrants in Hawaiʻi, and couponing to save on household expenses. For a complete schedule on the program, visit help.pacificstudents.org/symposium.

The symposium will also feature a special lunchtime keynote presentation by Dr. Denise Uehara on “Pacific Islander Students Navigating Success at UH Hilo.” Uehara, an assistant professor in the College of Education at UH Mānoa, will discuss the preliminary findings from research on Pacific Islander students at UH Hilo.

The Spring HELP Symposium is sponsored by UH Hilo’s Pacific Islander Student Center and Pacific Islands Studies Certificate, UH Mānoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Office for Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED), and Friends of Operation Manong.

Registration is not required, but highly recommended and can be done online at help.pacificstudents.org/registration. Those who register early will receive a complimentary parking pass.

For more information, contact Vidalino Raatior at 932-7718 or email raatior@hawaii.edu.

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