Chandlers establish public policy, conflict studies fellowship

June 3, 2014  |   |  1 Comment
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David and Susan Chandler

David and Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler, founding director of the College of Social Sciences Public Policy Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and David Chandler, emeritus professor in the UH Mānoa Department of Sociology, have made a $14,000 gift to establish a fellowship in the study of public policy or conflict studies.

The fund will support a full-time graduate student pursuing a master’s degree or PhD in public policy or conflict studies in the departments of sociology, political science, urban and regional planning, communications or community psychology at the College of Social Sciences.

“Susan has served Hawaiʻi in many dimensions, as a social worker, a professor of social work and director of the state Department of Human Service for eight years in the Cayetano administration,” said College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan. “She launched the UHM Public Policy Center and initiated many dynamic programs. With this fellowship, her legacy will live on.”

“I wanted to honor Susan for all that she has done to serve the people of Hawaiʻi. This fellowship builds on our lifelong commitment to addressing socio-economic disparities,” said David Chandler. “Our hope is that this fellowship will help nurture a community of well-educated citizens, committed to building a more equitable world.”

“Susan and David have devoted their professional careers to assisting low-income residents in Hawaiʻi. Through this fellowship and their philanthropy, their efforts to address socio-economic disparities will continue through the work of future graduate students,” said UH Foundation President and CEO Donna Vuchinich.

More on Susan Chandler

Susan Chandler is the director of the UH Mānoa Public Policy Center, where she teaches in the areas of public policy analysis, organizational change, policy implementation, collaborative governance and pubic administration. She joined UH in 1976.

More on David Chandler

David Chandler is a sociologist and practicing mediator specializing in conflict resolution in higher education, family and divorce disputes. He was one of the original founders of the Neighborhood Justice Center, now known as the Mediation Center of the Pacific.

For more information, read the UH Foundation news release.

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  1. The Chandlers generosity has not only opened doors for students, but they are always quick to support and encourage peers and colleagues in academic and career pursuits. We are fortunate to have them in the UH Manoa community, and even more, in the state of Hawaii where they continue to perpetuate better ways of engaging civilly and socially.

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