EEO/AA Office and the University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly (UHPA)
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA)
The EEO/AA office maintains its website at hilo.hawaii.edu/eeoaa/.
This office actively strives to create a working and learning environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. The office serves the university through insuring compliance with federal and state laws, executive orders, and system and campus policies and procedures pertaining to EEO/AA. Responsibilities of the office include:
- Providing consultation and guidance to the university community in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and disability accommodations
- Administering University of Hawaiʻi discrimination complaint procedures for students, employees, and applicants for admission or employment.
- Investigating complaints of discrimination filed internally and responding to charges filed with external agencies
- Providing educational workshops on sexual harassment and discrimination prevention
- Advising search committees in the utilization of innovative recruitment strategies and equitable search practices
- Monitoring hiring, promotion, and termination practices for compliance with EEO/AA regulations
- Developing and maintaining an active affirmative action program which includes the annual update of a federally mandated affirmative action plan
- Working collaboratively and strategically with campus partners to further equity and inclusion initiatives.
–Updated June 2013 JK
The University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly (UHPA).
The University of Hawaiʻi Professional Association (UHPA) has been the exclusive bargaining agent for all faculty members of the University System since November 1, 1974. Visit the UHPA website.
All public employees in the State of Hawaiʻi who are faculty members of the University of Hawaiʻi System, which includes the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Kauaʻi Community College, Leeward Community College, and Windward Community College are members of Bargaining Unit 7. They consist of instructors, professors, librarians, specialists, extension agents, and researchers.
While all faculty members are members of Bargaining Unit 7, they are not automatically members of UHPA. Membership in UHPA occurs when a Bargaining Unit 7 member signs up to become a UHPA member. Becoming a UHPA member can be done by going to the uhpa.org website and signing up to become a member.
One of the most important functions of UHPA is the negotiation of the faculty contract. The second important function is to ensure that the terms of the contract are enforced and the rights of faculty members are protected.
UHPA offices are located at:1017 Palm Drive,
Honolulu, HI 96814;
UH Hilo’s UHPA faculty representatives are
- UH Hilo representative to the UHPA Board of Directors: Norman Q. Arancon
- CAFNRM representative: Norman Q. Arancon
- CAS Humanities representative: Mark T. Panek
- CAS Natural Sciences representative: vacant
- CAS Social Sciences representative: Michael J. Bitter
- CHL representative: vacant
- CoBE representative: Terrance Jalbert
- CoP representative: Julie Adrian
- UH Hilo Specialists representative: Karla Hayashi
Updated June 2013 by NQA.