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

SEED logo

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 Association for for the Education of Young Children, 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 Native Hawaiian Student Development Services like other Hawaiian serving programs in the UH system is a kipuka or puʻuhonua, that is designed to support our haumaa kanaka oʻiwi to succeed as they navigate through higher education focused on a professional degree that makes each ready to take their place locally, nationally, or internationally. Kuaʻana provides need-based tuition waivers to eligible students of Hawaiian ancestry on the Mānoa campus. Kua'ʻana also provides counseling as needed, and malama ʻaina activities to allow for our students to exercise their kuleana to protect and preserve this place they call "home".

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) 956-9442
Email: mets@hawaii.edu

Working with Nanakuli and Waiʻanae High Schools enrolled full-time students the Mānoa Educational Talent Search (METS) is a U.S. Department of Education funded TRiO Program with programs and services addressing grade-to-grade promotion, on-time high school graduation, promotion and completion of financial aid resources, and post-secondary education admissions and enrollment in 2-4 year colleges-universities, vocational or technical institutions.

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: kinohe@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.

Program for After-School Literacy Support (PALS) (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-0702 | Fax: (808) 956-9240
Email: klfukuda@hawaii.edu

Program for After-School Literacy Support (PALS) began in 2007 and provides out-of-school learning opportunities for a predominantly Native Hawaiian population of children and youth on the Waiʻanae coast of Oahu, Hawaiʻi. PALS uses place-based cultural project (PBCP) curricular framework that embraces the multiple cultural locations in which children live and grow and utilizes community and place as the springboard for learning. PALS is funded through the Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program and administered through the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) at the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.

Place-based Learning And Community Engagement in School (PLACES) (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-0702 | Fax: (808) 956-9240
Email: klfukuda@hawaii.edu

Place-based Learning And Community Engagement in School (PLACES) is an exciting collaborative venture between Waiʻanae Elementary School in Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa's Office of Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED), and the local community of Waiʻanae and Oahu. PLACES supports the planning and implementation of Place-based, Cultural Projects (PBCP) for the children at Waiʻanae Elementary. These projects provide opportunities for children to engage with community and develop habits of social activism and environmental stewardship while they simultaneously develop the skills and strategies outlined in Hawaiʻi's Content and Performance Standards and The Common Core Standards. The project is funded through the Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program.

Senior Citizen Visitor Program - Na Kupuna

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

The Senior Citizen Visitor Program - Na Kupuna 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.

Student Parents At Mānoa (SPAM) (web site)

Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 211
2600 Campus Road
Phone: (808) 956-8059
Email: gotkids@hawaii.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studentparents

Student Parents At Mānoa (SPAM) provides support services and community referrals to help students with children (both Dads and Moms) succeed in their educational goals.

SPAM seeks to increase the visibility of and resources for student parents at UH Mānoa as they pursue education while parenting. SPAM is part of the WomenĘ»s Center and Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED) office.

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, interpersonal violence, sexual assault, rape, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, student rights, 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.

 

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