Mahalo piha for your interest in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As one of the premier schools of social work in the Pacific-Asia region, we are dedicated to providing an educational experience that is anchored in excellence. Challenges and opportunities abound for social workers in a global community that is increasingly more culturally diverse. Our principal responsibility is the creation and transmission of knowledge reflecting the advancement of social work and the achievement of social justice as the "noble cause." Our unique focus is on resolving critical social problems that challenge s multicultural world, with specific attention to indigenous wisdom and perspectives.
The BSW, MSW and PhD programs prepare students to be educated global citizens who advance social justice. Our BSW and MSW programs have been fully reaccredited by the Council on Social Work Education for a maximum of 8 years, 2010-2018. Our faculty are highly knowledgeable, vastly experienced, and fully committed to the educational enterprise, and are well-known in endeavors of practice, policy and research. Faculty specialists in child and family, gerontology, health, and behavioral health, function as leaders in the School and the community. In broadening our educational reach beyond the Mānoa campus, our distance education option provides neighbor island residents with an opportunity to achieve their MSW degree via a blended approach of interactive television, computer-based technology, and face-to-face instruction.
I invite you to review our information and consider acquiring your education at our School in Hawaiʻi - one of the most culturally diverse communities in the world.
Me ka ʻoiaʻiʻo,
Noreen Mokuau, D.S.W.,
Dean and Professor
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|MBTSSW 80th Anniversary Gala
On Friday, October 28, 2016 the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held their 80th Anniversary Gala at the Japanese Cultural Center', Manoa Grand Ballroom. The Gala honored Chlorinda Low Lucas, Senator Susie Chun Oakland, and The Queen’s Health Systems. Proceeds from the event will go to support an 80th Anniversary endowed student scholarship.
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Testimony of Dr. Colette Browne
|2016 National Title VI Conference
Dr. Colette Browne, Professor and Principal Investigator for Hā Kūpuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders, was a invited recent presenter at the Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) Title VI Conference in Denver. Dr. Browne also presented testimony to the ACL Acting Administrator Dr. Edwin Walker and his team on the needs of Native Hawaiian elders. Ha Kupuna works with other Native partners to promote the health and well-being of kū puna. The Hā Kūpuna team (Drs. Mokuau, Kathryn Braun, Lana Sue Ka‘opua and Bum Jung Kim) work closely with the National Indian Council on Aging and the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative on reports and briefings on Native elder issues.
L to R: seated: Dr. Nancy Furlow, Director, National Resource Center for Alaska Natives, University of Alaska at Anchorage; James DelaCruz, Council Chair, National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
Standing: Rebecca Owl Morgan, Project Coordinator, NICOA, Dr. Jacque Gray, Director, National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative, University of North Dakota, Dr. Colette Browne, Randella Bluehouse, Executive Director, NICOA
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|MBTSSW Reorganized to Include Public Health and Center on Aging
Effective July 1, 2016, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (MBT SSW) has been reorganized and is now home to the Department of Social Work, the Office of Public Health Studies and the Center on Aging. Noreen Mokuau continues as Dean. The shared vision of the MBT SSW and its units is “achieving social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and citizens in a changing world.”
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Senator Brian Schatz (center) with Dr. Jing Guo (left of Senator Schatz), Dr. Colette Browne (right of Senator Schatz), and with MSW students.
|Takasaki Endowed Professorship Inaugural Meeting
In January 2016, Dr. Colette Browne was appointed as the Richard S. and Rose T. Takasaki Endowed Professor in Social Policy. Working across campus, Dr. Browne worked with UHM faculty from Public Health, Pharmacy, Law, and Public Administration to host a policy discussion dinner with an interdisciplinary group of UHM students. We were honored to have as our inaugural meeting Senator Brian Schatz who discussed a broad range of policy issues impacting Hawaiʻi and the nation. More of these policy discussions will be organized each year.
Pictured (l to r): Dean Noreen Mokuau, Clarence Vierra Jr., Keliʻimakamae Waiolama, Odessa Billamor, Anakapuakela Kaleopaʻa, and Tania Nguyen
|BSWO Graduating Seniors Donation
During the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work 2016 Graduation Convocation Program held on May 13, 2016, the Bachelor's of Social Work Organization (BSWO) student officers presented Dean Noreen Mokuau with a donation check for $1,200. This generous donation will be given to the UH Foundation to support the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Alumni and Friends Scholarship. These hardworking social work students were involved in fundraising activities throughout their two years in the BSW program as well as coordinated community service projects on behalf of their cohort. Mahalo a nui for your dedicated efforts and congratulations to the Class of 2016!
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|MBTSSW Student Research Presentation Brownbag
On May 3, two of our Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work students presented their reserch projects to the faculty and staff.
Yoko Toyama, an MSW student, presented her research titled: "Examination of Social Cohesion, Subjective Social Status, and Mental Health Among Asian Americans. MBTSSW professor, Dr. Seunghye Hong is Yoko Toyama's advising faculty member.
PhD Candidate, Richard Alboroto presented his research titled: "Developing a Video-Enhanced Drug Prevention Curriculum". The advising faculty for Richard Alboroto is Dr. Susan Helm from JABSOM (UH School of Medicine).
Congratulations to the students on a job well done.
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|2016 Practicum Instructor Appreciation Reception
On the evening of April 22, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work invited Practicum Instructors for a nice visit to Gartley Hall.
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|2016 Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit
The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work participated in the 2016 Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit which was held at the Sinclair Library.
Dr. Seunghye Hong, Dr. Paul Morelli, and Jennifer Kishida presented their exhibit titled: "Articulating Social Welfare PHD Program Rubrics Toward Sustainable Assessment"
Their poster exhibit won two awards: Best Poster Design and Best Faculty Engagement Strategies.
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|MBT Students Participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life
On April 9th, the Phi Alpha, Nu Sigma Chapter Honor Society coordinated efforts with BSWO & GSO members to help raise cancer awareness and funds for the ACS. The event was held at the UH Clarence T.C. Ching Field.
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|PhD Students Successfully Defend Dissertations
Congratulations to Dr. Dawna Nelson and Dr. Leonard Sensui for passing their final examinations.
Dawna Nelson defended her dissertation on March 11 and Leonard Sensui defended his dissertation on April 1.
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(L to R) Kenneth Yeung with Dean Noreen Mokuau and Prof. Jing Guo
|Kenneth Yeung of the Prince of Peace Foundation Donation to the School of Socia Work
Kenneth Yeung of POP’s Foundation has donated $50,000 to support his alma mater, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. In recognition of his gift, the Learning Zone Classroom 102 in Gartley Hall has been named after Yeung’s non-profit orphanage in China, “Prince of Peace Children’s Home.”
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|China Internship Student Presentation
On January 11, 2016, students who traveled to China through the Prince of Peace Foundation, did a presentation on their experiences to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work faculty, staff, students, and guests.
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|Gordon & June Ito Foundation Honorees
On December 11, 2015, the Gordon & June Ito Foundation honored two of our MSW students, Yoko Toyama and Christian Stettler at their holiday celebration held at the Mariposa Restaurant. Each student received a $2,500 scholarship from the foundation for their outstanding accomplishments academically and within the social work field. We give a big mahalo to Mr. Ito and Cathy Iwai, Executive Director, for their continued support of our MSW students through this generous scholarship. Congratulations Yoko and Christian!
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Prof. Colette Browne
|Colette Browne, First Takasaki Endowed Professor of Social Policy
Colette Browne has been named the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work’s first Takasaki Endowed Professor of Social Policy. The professorship is supported through the Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowment Fund, which was established for the purpose of enhancing the scholarly and research activities of the chair holder. It is awarded on the basis of scholarly achievement in the field of social policy.
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