Departments & Programs

Director: Amy Agbayani

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road

Phone: (808) 956-4642
Fax: (808) 956-9240

Email: seed@hawaii.edu

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Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity

Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) administers, coordinates, and provides programs that support students with disabilities (KOKUA), native Hawaiians (Kuaʻana and Nā Pua Noʻeau), underrepresented ethnic groups (OMSS), women (Women’s Center), academic scholars and underprepared disadvantaged students (COP and GEAR UP), senior citizens and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex students (LGBTI) at UH Mānoa.

For more information, please visit the Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity web site at: http://www.hawaii.edu/diversity/.

Programs and Services:

Bridge to Hope (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 211
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-8059
Email: bthinfo@hawaii.edu

Bridge to Hope (BTH) provides support services and community referrals to students with children, with a focus on the needs of low-income student parents. Additionally, BTH administers the Osher Reentry Scholars at Mānoa, a program for adults returning to UH Mānoa after a minimum 5-year gap in their education. BTH developed a nationally recognized, model partnership with the State of Hawaiʻi supporting college education as a means for welfare participants to achieve life-long economic self-sufficiency. BTH is part of the Women’s Center and Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED) office.

University of Hawaii at Mānoa Children’s Center (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 407
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-7963 | Fax: (808) 956-4160
Email: uhmcc@hawaii.edu

Accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Children’s Center (UHMCC) supports access to the University for students with young children by providing a high quality early childhood program. The Children’s Center offers a play-based program that features home-like classroom environments, individualized developmentally appropriate curriculum, a strong parent involvement component and a deep respect, sensitivity, and responsiveness to the wide variety of cultures reflected within the Center’s families.

College Opportunities Program (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 308
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-6186
Email: copuhm@hawaii.edu

The College Opportunities Program (COP) offers a statewide entry-level freshman program that provides a summer and first-year residential college experience. Its mission is to recruit, screen, select and prepare bona fide Hawaiʻi residents for a successful freshmen year at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). The COP recruits individuals who have the potential, commitment and desire to pursue a four-year degree at UHM but may not meet the requirements for regular admission, are academically under prepared, economically disadvantaged, represent a positive role model to communities underrepresented at the university, non-traditional, or in need of a structured college entry. Selected students who participate in, and meet the summer program requirements, gain admission to the UHM in the fall semester. During the first year, participants are provided with academic, financial, and personal counseling, as well as workshops and other support services.

GEAR UP Mānoa (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 310
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-9112 | Fax: (808) 956-9240
Email: gearup@hawaii.edu

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP) is a federal program whose mission is to significantly increase the number of students from low-income communities by providing students with access to rigorous academic courses, financial aid information, and individual scholarship accounts.

Graduate Professional Access (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-9663 | Fax: (808) 956-9240
Email: paw@hawaii.edu

The Graduate Professional Access Program (GPA) promotes the success of first generation, low-income, and underserved students primarily in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. Services are targeted to juniors, seniors, and students in post-baccalaureate processes.

Health Careers Opportunity Program

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-4642
Email: amalate@hawaii.edu

The University of Hawaiʻi Health Careers Opportunity Programs (HCOP) strives to build diversity in the health work force by providing students from socially, educationally, or economically disadvantaged background an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete in, enter, and graduate from health professions schools.

The goal of HCOP is to increase the number of health professionals serving in areas of need in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. HCOP provides an educational pipeline for students to pursue health careers within the UH system. The summer residential academic and health enrichment program engages students in activities that stimulate learning through problem-based learning, career exploration, and personal developmental activities.

KOKUA Program (Disability Access Services) (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 013
2600 Campus Road
Phone (Voice/Text): (808) 956-7511 | Fax: (808) 956-8093
Email: kokua@hawaii.edu

Providing disability access services to the UH Mānoa campus, the KOKUA (Kahi O Ka Ulu ʻAna - "The Place of Growing") Program ensures institutional compliance with federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination against students with documented, permanent mental and/or physical disabilities. Most common services are access counseling, alternative text production, assistive technology, campus intervention, faculty liaison, note taking, priority registration, and testing accommodation. KOKUA also provides technical assistance to faculty, staff, and administration regarding how best to create and maintain equity of opportunity for persons with disabilities.

Kuaʻana - Native Hawaiian Student Development Services (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 406
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-2644
Email: kuaana@hawaii.edu

Kuaʻana Student Services provides annual assistance to roughly 300 students of Hawaiian ancestry at UH Mānoa by keeping them informed about scholarships, internships, and job opportunities. Kuaʻana coordinates the Kahuewai Ola STEM Scholarship Project through a U.S. Department of Education grant. As a group, these students are involved in two community-based projects each semester and use the knowledge they have gained to participate in water quality, environmental preservation, and restoration projects in the community.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Student Services (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 211
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-9250 | Fax: (808) 956-9314
Email: lgbtq@hawaii.edu

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Student Services strives to maintain a safe and inclusive campus environment for all students of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. To that end, LGBTI Student Services facilitates student learning and development through a range of educational, information and advocacy programs.

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-9663 | Fax: (808) 956-9240
Email: imuamcn@hawaii.edu

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program provides encouragement through mentorship to underrepresented, low-income and first generation UHM undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mānoa Educational Talent Search

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-9663
Email: mets@hawaii.edu

Working with Nanakuli High and Intermediate and Waianae High Schools, Mānoa Educational Talent Search (METS) facilitates in-grade retention, high school graduation, promotion of financial aid resources, and postsecondary education admissions and enrollment.

Nā Pua Noʻeau - Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 406
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-9410 | Fax: (808) 956-9240
Email: kgome@hawaii.edu

Nā Pua Noʻeau (NPN) - Center for Gifted and Talented Native Hawaiian Children was established at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo for the purpose of increasing educational enrichment opportunities for Hawaiian Children (K - 12) throughout the State of Hawaiʻi.

Office of Multicultural Student Services (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 309
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-7348
Email: bautista@hawaii.edu

The Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) is a multifaceted program that conducts outreach activities encouraging individuals from underrepresented groups and underserved communities to seek higher education as well as experiential activities for University students and the larger community promoting social justice and cross-cultural understanding in Hawaii’s multiethnic society.

Osher Reentry Scholarships (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 211
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-8059
Email: uhmosher@hawaii.edu

The Osher Reentry Scholarships provide tuition assistance to "reentry" adult students who are completing their first undergraduate degree.

Senior Citizen Visitor Program

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-4642
Email: pmasters@hawaii.edu

The Senior Citizen Visitor Program enables Hawaiʻi residents who are at least 60 years of age to participate in the regular credit courses at UH Mānoa without paying tuition. Participants do not receive credit and do not have a formal transcript.

Women’s Center (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 211
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-8059 | Fax: (808) 956-9314
Email: uhmwomen@hawaii.edu

Committed to provide personal and academic support for the success of women and LGBTI students at UH Mānoa, the Women’s Center provides crisis and referral services, connecting individuals with on- and off-campus resources for intimate partner violence, sexual assault, legal aid, and other crisis needs. The Women’s Center sponsors special events including Women’s History Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Women’s Health Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month at UH Mānoa. The Women’s Center works closely with community organizations and agencies to create collaborative partnerships.