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Student workshop to address diversity and inclusion

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Student workshop to address diversity and inclusion

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University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu students are invited to attend a workshop that aims to train students to recognize inequities in educational and professional environments, and provide tools to contribute to addressing such inequities and to promote diversity.

The Academic Leaders Diversity and Inclusion Student Leader Workshop will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11, via Zoom. Register here; a limited number of UH West Oʻahu logo items are available for those who register for and attend the session.

The workshop is funded by the UH SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) Grant and will introduce students to real-world and socially-relevant issues.

“Here in Hawaiʻi, we are lucky to have many opportunities to interact with people of diverse backgrounds,” said event co-host Dr. Eric Kobayashi, tutor coordinator for the BE-MathPREP Grant at UH West Oʻahu. “However, we recognize that there are environments in which this may not be the case.”

Kobayashi, who is co-hosting the event with Dr. Veny Liu, assistant professor of Mathematics at UH West Oʻahu, continued, “This workshop aims to give students an opportunity to learn about diversity, inclusion and equity, as well as the knowledge and skills to promote these in the educational and professional environments.”

Courtney Holland
Courtney Holland

The workshop will feature guest speaker Courtney Holland, Senior Coordinator of Academic Initiatives in the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at University of Minnesota: Twin Cities.

According to an event description, “This interactive workshop will cause participants to reflect upon our biases, and how our biases prevent us from being inclusive leaders. The group will explore implicit bias and how socialization plays a role in ways through which we view the world. Lastly, we will take our knowledge and attempt to apply it to the work we do to embody inclusive leadership.”

For more information about the Academic Leaders Diversity and Inclusion Student Leader Workshop, email ericsk@hawaii.edu or venyliu@hawaii.edu.

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