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The UH Mānoa Commission on Racism and Bias is charged with examining how we have responded to racism and bias at UH Mānoa and proposing ways to move forward together. The commission will approach these issues in an honest, open and rigorous manner, drawing from multiple perspectives, while leveraging existing resources and ongoing campus-wide initiatives. The commission was established by Provost Michael Bruno in spring 2020 through a nomination process that was open to all students, faculty and staff on campus.

The commission will be working through the 2020–21 academic year and beyond.

Commission Members

  • Robert Bachini, Faculty Specialist and Director
    Office of Student Academic Services, Shidler College of Business
  • Chris Cabading, Residence Director
    Student Housing Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students
  • Keith Cross, Assistant Professor
    Curriculum Studies, College of Education
  • Daphne Desser, Associate Professor
    Department of English, College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • Jonathan Fisk, Doctoral Student
    Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • Makanalani Gomes, Master’s Student
    Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Marcie Grabowski, Outreach and Education Coordinator
    School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology
  • Jennifer Hayashi, Undergraduate Student
    College of Education
  • Vilsoni Hereniko, Professor
    Academy for Creative Media, College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa, Professor
    Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Chang Kim, Contract Specialist
    Office of the Dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Denise Eby Konan, Dean
    College of Social Sciences
  • Crystal Kwok, Doctoral Student
    Department of Theatre, College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • Vina Lanzona, Associate Professor
    Department of History, College of Arts, Languages & Letters
  • Punihei Lipe, Native Hawaiian Affairs Program Officer
    Office of the President
  • Creighton Litton, Director and Professor
    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
    College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • Eve Millett, Academic Advisor
    Mānoa Peer Advisor Program, Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Randy Minas, Associate Professor
    Institute for Technology Management, Shidler College of Business
  • Lauren Liʻi Nahiwa, Law and Master’s Student
    William S. Richardson School of Law, and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Jon Osorio, Dean
    Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Kuʻulei Salzer-Vitale, Alcohol and Drug Counselor
    Counseling Center, University Health Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students
  • Roxie Shabazz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
    Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students
  • Beau Shishido, Master’s Student
    Hawaiian Language, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Elisabeth Steele Hutchison, Director of Admissions
    William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Kathleen Tatem, Doctoral Student
    Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences
  • Tina Tauasosi-Posiulai, Community Partnership & Research Specialist
    Office of Multicultural Student Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students
  • Lori Ward, Managing Editor
    Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education
  • Bruce Watson, Doctoral Student
    Department Educational Foundations, College of Education
  • Helen Wong Smith, Archivist
    University Records, Library Services
  • Kahunawai Wright, Assistant Professor
    Department of Educational Administration, College of Education

To contact the commission, please email equality@hawaii.edu

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