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Diversity and Equity Initiative (DEI)

Beautiful Mathemathics for Girls flyer - a 2008 DEI sponsored event

Flyer from a successful past event held in 2008 sponsored by the Diversity and Equity Initiative
View the flyer (PDF)*

February 10, 2009

For more than a decade, the Diversity and Equity Initiatives have added value to the University of Hawaiʻi campus climate by enriching and expanding the perception of diversity in higher education. Although culture, race, and ethnicity are common examples of diversity, Diversity Initiatives have gone beyond this expression. These Initiatives have explored the various dimensions of diversity through projects and topics that address issues on class, gender, age, sexual identity, disability, religion, and national origin. Diversity initiatives have promoted outreach and recruitment to underserved communities, trainings to augment professional development for faculty and staff in the area of disability, and provided workshops to educate and dispel misconceptions that foster discriminatory attitudes and actions on sexual orientation, gender and religion. Through performance and art, speakers, guest artists and authors have addressed dimensions of diversity through their particular medium.

Starting in March, the Mānoa Commission on Diversity in partnership with the Office of Student Equity Excellence and Diversity (SEED) kicks off the second annual Diversity Matters@Mānoa. Throughout March there will be lectures, training and workshops addressing diversity throughout the campus. As Amy Agbayani, director of the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity and a member of the Mānoa Commission on Diversity explains, "Diversity Matters@Mānoa means we strive for an inclusive and equitable campus community for all faculty, staff and students." Events will be free and open to all university members and the larger community. Look for the event calendar to be posted before the end of the month.

Amy Agbayani, Director of SEED
Amy Agbayani, Director of SEED

Here is a link to a video for March 2008 Diversity Matters@Mānoa, featuring "Faculty that Made a Difference." The production was funded by the Diversity and Equity Initiative, SEED, and sponsored by Office of the UH Mānoa Chancellor and the Mānoa Commission on Diversity.

To find out more information on Diversity and Equity Initiatives, visit the DEI web site at or contact the Coordinator, Pua Auyong-White. For more information on the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity, visit the SEED web site at

Pua Auyong-White, Coordinator
Diversity and Equity Initiative
Web site:
Phone: (808) 222-5591
Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services, Room 413


Spotlight on: Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity


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