2020 – 2021 Fellows
Mathew Goldberg is a MSW student at the Myron B. Thompson School of School Work and an East West Center Graduate Degree Fellow. Mat graduated from Elon University as a Leadership Fellow with his BA in Psychology in 2014. Mat was a former Fulbright grantee teaching English in South Korea and has since founded the Korea Japan English Camp, a nonprofit that serves Korean and Japanese high schools students. Mat is passionate about youth development, positive mental health, and leadership education.
Mohammad Didar Hossain is a PhD student at the Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and an East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellow. Mohammad earned his BA in Social Welfare and two Master’s degrees in Social Welfare and Gerontology, all from the University of Dhaka. His research interests are aging, public health, community development, and policy practices. He has a combination of 7 years experience in teaching and research and is dedicated to using his academic research to improve the living conditions of the elderly in Bangladesh.
Lilinoe Kauahikaua is a MSW student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses include behavioral/mental health, culturally-grounded interventions, reentry services, and incarceration. Lilinoe is the current program coordinator for the Mālama Project, a culturally grounded collegiate recovery program at the UH Mānoa for students impacted by substance misuse. In addition, Lilinoe serves as the vice president for the department of social work’s graduate student organization, event coordinator for Phi Alpha Nu Sigma, and president of Hui Mālama.
Zedrick-Kyle Oda is a MSW student at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Zedrick graduated from the UHM with his BA in Psychology. Zedrick is a former president of the psychology club “Psi Sigma: The Psychology Connection” and a former Peer Fellow of the Counseling and Student Development Center at UHM. Zedrick aspires to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and his research interests include behavioral/mental health, clinical interventions, and ethnic minorities. Previous research experience consists of evaluative research on youth suicide and bullying prevention trainings within schools and other research assistant responsibilities.
Mei Linn Park is a PhD student in Social Welfare. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration: Human Resources Management from the Shidler College of Business and a Master of Social Work from the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a Native Hawaiian scholar, her research focuses on obesity, physical activity, and culturally focused interventions to advance Native Hawaiian health and wellbeing. Mei Linn was born and raised in Waialua, Oʻahu. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, spearfishing, taking underwater photos, and spending time with her family and friends. In every capacity, Mei Linn is guided by Kumu Hina’s mele “No ku’u lahui e hā’awi pau a i ola mau” (For my nation I give my all so that our legacy lives on).
Carah Metcalf is a Master’s of Social Work student at Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduating in May of 2020. She is specializing in Child and Family. Her research interests include juvenile justice, behavioral mental health, and issues facing oppressed, marginalized, and differently-abled populations. Currently she is conducting independent research with a fellow professor, Dr. Guo on lactation support for student mothers on university campuses.