Jethro Macaraeg (he/him) is a Master of Social Work Candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa specializing in Behavioral Mental Health. Before C3-OD2A, Jethro interned at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, working on expressive arts studies. He served two AmeriCorps terms focusing on workforce development and pro bono legal services. Jethro’s passions and research interests include behavioral health, racial identity and development, intergenerational trauma, and decolonization. In his free time, Jethro enjoys reading, quality time with loved ones, playing the piano, and cooking.
Esther Kim is a Bachelor of Social Work student at the UH Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health. She is passionate about the power of writing and was a former editor-in-chief of UH Mānoa’s news organization, Ka Leo o Hawaiʻi, and hopes to translate her investigative reporting and editorial oversight to her position as a Research Assistant Fellow. She is particularly interested in macro-social work and social policy and one day hopes to study and work in Washington D.C. to be a part of the federal legislation process. She wants to initiate macro-level changes regarding public health and sees this position as a step towards that. In her free time she enjoys spending her time in the ocean including open-water swim races or surfing at Kewalos, she is most happy when taking advantage of the luxuries Oʻahu offers.
Karyn Kovalick, is a Master’s of Social Work student at the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is specializing in behavioral mental health, and graduates in May of 2022. Karyn is a graduate of Marshall University, where she double majored in political science and criminal justice. She is passionate about promoting inclusivity of historically underrepresented populations in academic research. Her other research interests include behavioral mental health, culturally focused practices, and issues facing marginalized and oppressed populations. Currently, she is working with Dr. Julien-Chinn on an independent research project pertaining to equine assisted therapeutic riding sessions and mental well-being. Karyn aspires to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, focusing on trauma-informed care and counseling.