Panelists from Kamehameha Schools and Five Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Discuss How to Reach High-Risk Minority Students
Honolulu, Hawai‘i (Jan. 8, 2013) — As part of New York University (NYU) Faculty Resource Network Winter Seminars, Chaminade University and the East-West Center are sponsoring a special symposium in Hawai‘i on Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Clarence T.C. Ching Conference Center on the Chaminade Campus. The symposium will feature a panel of five presidents from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Shawn Kana‘iaupuni of Kamehameha Schools, who will discuss programs that help minority students successfully attend and graduate from college. This event will bring together mainland and local educators to discuss programs that have been effective and new ideas for recruiting, retaining and engaging high-risk students, including those who are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
The event is free and open to the public.
Studies by Kamehameha Schools and the Pacific Policy Research Center show that Native Hawaiian students are among the least likely to graduate from college. The national average of bachelor’s degree attainment is 24.4 percent; for Native Hawaiians, the average is 15.2 percent.
(Source: Influential Factors in Degree Attainment and Persistence to Career or Further Education for At-risk/High Educational Needs Students, Aug. 2010) The statistics are similar for African Amercan young people on the mainland.
“Great strides have been made over the past 40 years in increasing educational opportunities for both African American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students,” said Dr. Michael Fassiotto, Associate Provost and Director of Chaminade University Graduate and Educational Outreach. “However, many challenges and barriers to higher education still exist for these underrepresented populations. Chaminade is proud to co-sponsor and host this symposium that will bring this conversation to the forefront and help find more ways to increase minority student achievement locally as well as nationally. The fact that we will have the presidents of five HBCU’s on campus meeting with Dr. Kana‘iaupuni of Kamehameha Schools is a unique chance for us to discuss minority education as a local as well as national issue.”
Chaminade is a federally designated Native Hawaiian-serving institution and 13.5 percent of its student body is Native Hawaiian.
The panelists are:
- Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D., President, Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.
- Larry Earvin, Ph.D., President, Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas
- Billy Hawkins, Ph.D., President, Talladega College in Talladega, Ala.
- Beverly Hogan, M.S., President, Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss.
- Haywood Strickland, Ph.D., President, Wiley College in Marshall, Texas
- Shawn Malia Kana‘iaupuni, Ph.D., Division Director, Public Education Support, Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawai‘i
The moderator will be Ron Robin, Ph.D., professor of media, culture and communication and senior vice provost for planning at NYU and senior vice provost for NYU Abu Dhabi.
“In many ways, Hawaii, with its rich diversity, is a model for the country as a whole. These experts will provide local educators as well as those visiting from the mainland with a front-line view of minority education,” said Dr. Joseph Peters, Dean of Education at Chaminade.
This symposium is a program of the Faculty Resource Network at NYU, an award-winning professional development initiative that sponsors programs for faculty members from a consortium of over 50 colleges and universities, including a core group of 13 HCBUs. Chaminade is the only Hawai‘i member of the Network. The Network hosts lectures, symposia and intensive seminars, all of which are designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning at its member and affiliate institutions.
There are 105 HCBUs in the United States, defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965 as any college or university established prior to 1964 whose main mission was (and is) to educate black Americans and who is accredited or has made strides toward being accredited.
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