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Aloha UH Mānoa faculty, staff, and students,

As previously announced, UH is planning the return of the fall 2020 semester at all 10 campuses. Here at UH Mānoa, we recognize the need to prepare, respond and adapt throughout 2020 to support the university’s mission as we navigate together the rapidly changing landscape that lies ahead of us. Of primary importance is the health and safety of our employees and our students. With respect and compassion for our community, we will make our decisions based on the best science and data available. We will also be guided by our firm commitment to provide the best possible learning experience for our students, while continuing our essential world-class research, scholarship and service to our home, Hawaiʻi.

We initiated in May the planning process for the fall semester and beyond. This process will be transparent and inclusive, and will capitalize on the extraordinary expertise and experience on our campus. We will engage with faculty, staff, administrators and students, as well as government and industry professionals as required and appropriate. We are mindful that we must prepare in a manner that supports working and learning off campus as well as on campus in order to accommodate any eventuality in the course of the pandemic, as well as:

  • high-risk students, faculty, and staff
  • quarantined or ill students, faculty, and staff
  • international students who are unable to travel to campus

The Coordinating Committee composed of the following individuals

  • Michael Bruno (Provost)
  • David Lassner (President, University of Hawaiʻi System
  • Velma Kameoka (Interim Vice Chancellor for Research)
  • Laura Lyons (Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature)
  • Sandy French (Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Operations)
  • Lori Ideta (Interim Vice Chancellor for Students)
  • Roxie Shabazz (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions)
  • Jan Gouveia (Vice President for Administration)
  • Garret Yoshimi (Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer)

Working Groups

We have also created several Working Groups with assignments in areas considered essential to the task before us. These groups, and their Leads are listed below.

Health and Well Being

Leads

  • M. Boland (Dean, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene)
  • J. Hedges (Dean, School of Medicine)

Student Learning

Leads

  • L. Lyons (Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature)
  • P. McKimmy (Specialist, Educational Technology and Director of Technology and Distance Programs, College of Education)

Student and Residence Life

Leads

  • L. Ideta (Interim Vice Chancellor for Students)
  • C. Quemuel (Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, and Director of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity)
  • R. Shabazz (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions)

New First-Time Students

Leads

  • R. Shabazz (Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions)

Research

Leads

  • V. Kameoka (Interim Vice Chancellor for Research)
  • B. Taylor (Dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology)

Business Processes

Leads

  • S. French (Interim Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance and Operations)
  • G. Yoshimi (Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer)

Communications

Leads

  • D. Meisenzahl (Director, UH Office of Communications and UH News)
  • B. Suyama (Associate Director, UH Office of Communications and UH News)

Space Planning, Preparation, and Utilization

Leads

  • J. Gouveia (Vice President for Administration)
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