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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.

Commission Members

  • Robert Bachini, Faculty Specialist and Director
    Office of Student Academic Services, Shidler College of Business
  • Charlene Bumanglag, Assistant Professor
    Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology & Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine
  • Michael Cooney, Researcher
    Hawaiʻi Natural Energy Institute, School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology
  • 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, Director 
    Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement Office
  • Creighton Litton, Director and Professor
    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, Office of the Vice Provost for Research & Scholarship;
    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, Doctoral Student
    Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences
  • Katrina Obleada, Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
    College of Social Sciences, and Diversity Chair for the Graduate Student Organization
  • Jonathan Okamura, Emeritus Professor
    Department of Ethnic Studies, College of Social Sciences
  • Jon Osorio, Dean
    Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
  • Kuʻulei Salzer-Vitale, Alcohol and Drug Counselor
    Counseling Center, University Health Services, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Helen Wong Smith, Archivist
    University Records, Library Services
  • Tina Tauasosi-Posiulai, Community Partnership & Research Specialist
    Office of Multicultural Student Services, Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Ty Kawika Tengan, Associate Professor and Chair
    Departments of Ethnic Studies (Chair) and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences
  • Lori Ward, Managing Editor
    Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education
  • Bruce Watson, Lecturer
    Department of Philosophy, College of Arts, Languages & Literature
  • Kahunawai Wright, Associate Professor
    Department of Educational Administration, College of Education

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

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