UH Hilo Women’s Center

About Us

Our Mission

Young woman in a purple over coat with her hands on her hips The UH Hilo Women’s Center confirms the dignity and diversity of all women. The center continues and challenges feminist traditions by creating community space for all women and their allies to achieve individual and social change. The UH Hilo Women’s Center honors historical struggles, fosters discussion of intergenerational, national, transnational and international views on feminism, and promotes open dialogue and activism. In our commitment to diversity at the UH Hilo Women’s Center we consider the intersectionalities of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity; genders and sexualities; and class, community activism, and feminism.

We work to challenge sexism, racism, ableism, ageism, classism, and other barriers that inhibit women's inclusion and power. The Center exemplifies diversity in its staffing, programs, research, community outreach, and transnational links.

Revised 10/05/2016.

Our Vision

The UH Hilo Women’s Center encourages women to find their voices, develop leadership skills, initiate and participate in campus and community activist groups, and to share their knowledge and experiences with others. The UH Hilo Women’s Center provides a safe space, staff, and resources to encourage women’s involvement in all aspects of university life and to establish and extend connections with the Hilo community and beyond. We help the underrepresented find a voice and become leaders in our community.

We continuously network with the UH Hilo faculty/staff and the local community to improve leadership opportunities and quality of education that empowers and responds to the needs of the student by helping each one succeed and find a place in our ʻOhana. We aspire to make the Women’s Center a place where everyone can form coalitions to help women and/or the LGBTQ population. We hope for a safer campus climate that responds to needs in an efficient and effective manner. You can be the voice for change.


Young man holding a sign for International Women's Day 2018: 'I will challenge stereotypes and bias

  1. Advocacy & Leadership- To empower women to reach their highest potential in their personal and professional lives.
  2. Collaborating & Networking- To build and foster connections among stakeholders for sustainable programming.
  3. Awareness & Education- To raise community consciousness of women's issues and inspire social change.

"I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back."
Malala Yousafzai