Dr. Keahiolalo-Karasuda begins her position as Chaminade’s new director of Native Hawaiian Partnerships on Feb. 4.

Chaminade University has appointed RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda, PhD, as its Director of the Office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships.  Karasuda comes to Chaminade from Kamehameha Schools, where she held the position of Research and Evaluation Division Manager.  Previously, she has served with INPEACE (INPEACE is focused on early childhood education for underserved native Hawaiian communities) and as a counselor for Parents and Children Together (PACT). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 1997 and her PhD degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2008.  Her dissertation explored “The Colonial Carceral and Prison Politics in Hawaii.”

“As a Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is delighted to welcome Dr. RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda to our leadership team,” said Chaminade president, Bro. Bernard J. Ploeger, SM, PhD.  “Dr. Karasuda’s educational background and prior positions have allowed her to make many personal and institutional contacts with the native Hawaiian community as well as closely align with a number of Chaminade’s programmatic areas: criminal justice, early childhood education, assessment, and evaluation within the context of the Native Hawaiian focused Charter schools. We look forward to Dr. Keahiolalo-Karasuda as part of our senior leadership and helping us with maintaining and strengthening Chaminade partnerships with the Native Hawaiian community.”

Dr. Karasuda begins her service at Chaminade University on February 4.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 9681, which is its main campus. It also has nine satellite locations around Oahu. Chaminade University is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and looks forward to increased opportunities to promote environmental sustainability. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

HONOLULU—February 1, 2013
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