Diana Kim, a young working mother attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law at night, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellowship.
She will spend two months this summer working in the office of U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa as part of a program that honors Mink’s legacy.
Kim is a full-time lecturer in UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is also running for a neighborhood board seat and looking down the road to other elected offices where she’ll have the chance to enhance the support system for working parents with young families.
“Patsy Mink’s legacy has really given me the opportunity to pick up where she left off,” said Kim. “There’s a fundamental change in the workplace and in society that we need to address, this tension between work and child-care responsibilities.”
Patsy T. Mink Legislative Fellowship
This is the 11th year of the Law School’s Patsy Mink Legislative Fellowship and each year it has provided funding to support an outstanding law student for the summer in Washington, D.C.
The fellowship was launched by law students in 2002, the year Mink died, to commemorate her work in representing the under-represented. One of Mink’s crowning achievements was authoring Title IX in the Education Amendments of 1972, which gave women equal access to opportunities in education.
“We are very proud that the Mink Fellowship was started by a small group of women law students. The program—and the students who have helped to sustain it over the years—has already made a difference and several Mink Fellows have been hired to do important work on congressional staffs,” said Law School Dean Avi Soifer.
—Adapted from a UH Mānoa news release