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Noreen Mokuau

Aloha pumehana,

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


Latest News and Events
China Internship Student Presentation

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

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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Colette Browne, First Takasaki Endowed Professor of Social Policy

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.

To read more about this article, please click on this link.
E Komo Mai, Distance Education Student Orientation


E Komo Mai (DE Orientation)
E Komo Mai, Distance Education Student Orientation

On August 7th and 8th of 2015, the Distance Education option at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work had their orientation for new and returning students.

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MSW New Student Orientation 2015

MSW Orientation
MSW New Student Orientation 2015

On August 3rd and 4th 2015, the new MSW student orientation took place at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. The new students were introduced to the faculty and staff of the school and learned about the MSW program.

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BSW New Student Orientation 2015

BSW Orientation
BSW New Student Orientation 2015

On August 10, 2015 the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work held an orientation for incoming BSW students. The students learned more about the program and met the faculty and staff.

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The 3rd Annual Student Poster Board Exhibition


L to R: Seunghye Hong, Michael DeMattos, Meripa Godinet, and Robin Arndt
The 3rd Annual Student Poster Board Exhibition

The 3rd Annual Student Poster Board Exhibition was held on April 28th at Gartley Hall at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. The Student Poster Board Exhibition showcased student research from the MSW program and PhD program. Coordinators for the event were Dr. Meripa Godinet, Dr. Seunghye Hong, and Mr. Michael DeMattos.

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Ha Kupuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders Honored

Ha Kupuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders Honored

The American Society on Aging, the nation's largest professional membership association in aging, has awarded the Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging funded National Resource Centers for Native Aging the Award for Excellence in Multicultural Aging. Ha Kupuna National Resource Center for Native Hawaiian Elders located in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is one of the three federally funded centers for native elders. The center was honored at their annual meeting in Chicago on March 24, 2015.

Pictured left to right at the ceremony: Cecelia Aldridge, Dr. Paula Carter, Karen Lowe Graham, Dr. Nancy Furlow, Dr. Kathryn Braun, Dr. Colette Browne, Mr. Robert Stein
Not pictured: Dr. Noreen Mokuau, Co-Principal Investigator, Dr. Lana Ka`opua and Dr. Bum Jung Kim, researchers, all with Ha Kupuna --
Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit 2015


L to R: Dr. Godinet, Dr. Hong, Mr. DeMattos
Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit 2015

On Friday April 17, 2015, the Mānoa Assessment office hosted the Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit at the Campus Center Ballroom. The purpose of this event was to have selected faculty and staff from various departments create a poster exhibit which showed successful assessment strategies, gather ideas for curricular and co-curricular assessment, and network with others. The various poster boards showed tools and techniques for program learning assessment, various ways to engage faculty, and how to use assessment for improvement.

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work was represented by Dr. Meripa Godinet (MSW Program chair), Dr. Seunghye Hong (Assessment chair), and Michael DeMattos (BSW Program chair). Their poster board was titled “(un)Common Core Competencies” and focused on Student Learning Outcomes and Core Competencies of the BSW and MSW programs.
PhD Student Successfully Defends Dissertation


Pictured Left to Right:
Dr. Jing Guo, Dr. Lois Yamauchi, Dr. Rebecca Stootzer (chair), Seiko Sato, Dr. Loriena Yancura, Dr. Seunghye Hong, and Dr. Bum Jung Kim
PhD Student Successfully Defends Dissertation

On Friday, April 10, 2015, Seiko Sato successfully defended her dissertation titled "The Impact of Gender and Cultural Factors on the Patterns of Elder Care Service Utilization Among Family Caregivers of Japanese Ancestry in the State of Hawai‘i". Here committee chair was Dr. Rebecca Stotzer. Other committee members included: Dr. Loriena Yancura, Dr.Jing Guo, Dr.Seunghye Hong, Dr.Bum Jung Kim and Dr.Lois Yamauchi.

Congratulations to Seiko!

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Dean Noreen Mokuau honored by Native Hawaiian Education Association

Dean Noreen Mokuau honored by Native Hawaiian Education Association

The Native Hawaiian Education Association has announced the winners of its prestigious Educator of the Year award—Noreen Mokuau, dean and professor at the University of Hawai‘i’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; Maenette Benham, dean of UH Mānoa’s Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge; and Nawa‘a Napoleon, associate professor and chair of the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Literature at Kapi‘olani Community College.

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Former Dean, Jon Matsuoka Honored with Community Award

Former Dean, Jon Matsuoka Honored with Community Award

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) awarded Jon Matsuoka of the Consuelo Foundation with its 2015 Community Resilience Leadership Award at the Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO) Conference Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

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MBTSSW and CoA Collaboration awarded TCARE Contract


Pictured: Jessica Jacobs, TailoredCare Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Christy Nishita, Dr. Colette Browne, and Dr. Rhonda Montgomery, TailoredCare Founder and Endowed Professor of Applied Gerontology, Social Welfare and Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
MBTSSW and CoA Collaboration awarded TCARE Contract

Colette Browne, working in collaboration with the UH Center on Aging's (CoA) Christy Nishita, together will serve as principal investigators for a new CoA and MBTSSW contract funded by the Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging and the State Executive Office on Aging (EOA). Browne and Nishita will test the impact of TCARE, the Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral protocol on the Island of Maui. TCARE is a care management process designed to help family caregivers on care planning and caregiver outcomes. The contract is for one year.
Gerontology Informational Session

Gerontology Info Session
Windward Community College Students Visit MBTSSW

MBT SSW students who wanted to learn more about the Gerontology concentration were treated to an informational session and pizza. The event held on February 24th, was organized by the Gerontology concentration chair, Dr. Colette Browne with the help of Dr. Bum Jung Kim.

Windward Community College Students Visit MBTSSW

WCC students
Windward Community College Students Visit MBTSSW

Windward Community College students from the Hūlili Transfer Program (http://windward.hawaii.edu/Hulili/) and from Paipai o Ko‘olau at WCC (http://windward.hawaii.edu/paipai/) took a tour of the UH Manoa campus and stopped by the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work on February 13, 2015. The students received information about our BSW program from the BSW Program Chair, Michael DeMattos. The students were then treated to a tour of Gartley Hall. Sarah Akina, a current lecturer and former MBT SSW student, organized the student visit.

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One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising

On February 12, 2015, UHM hosted a "One Billion Rising" event, coordinated through the UHM PAU Violence Program and the Campus Center Board Activities Council. This worldwide movement seeks to raise awareness about ending all forms of violence against women. The MBT School of Social Work was well represented by members of our student organizations (BSWO, GSO and Nu Sigma Honor Society), practicum students, volunteers, faculty and alumni! We hope that more of us will become involved in this justice campaign next year too!

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Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Presentation


Dr. Bum Jung Kim introducing Dr. Ishikawa Hisanori
Visiting Scholar Brown Bag Presentation

Dr. Ishikawa Hisanori, a visiting scholar from Kwansei Gakuin University, presented to students, faculty, and staff: "Aging in Japan: Discussion from the social work perspective.".
SSW DE Instructor Honored

SSW DE Instructor Honored

Congratulations to lecturer and PhD student Christopher Rocchio who received the first annual UH Manoa Distance Education teaching award for his course "Social Work Practice in Mental Health" on Feb. 2, 2015. This award is student-nominated and awarded by a selection committee to an instructor at UH Manoa who demonstrates excellence in class delivery utilizing online and distance technologies.

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Fall 2014 Dean's List

Fall 2014 Dean's List

Congratulations to all of our BSW students who made the Dean's List for Fall 2014.

Click here to view the Fall 2014 Dean's List.
Gordon & June Ito Foundation Social Work Scholarship


(from left) Brent Nakihei, Mari Ono (Student Services Director), Cathy Iwai (Executive Director, Ito Foundation), Jennifer Chompko, Noreen Mokuau (Dean)
Gordon & June Ito Foundation Social Work Scholarship

The Gordon & June Ito Foundation Social Work Scholarship for graduate students began in 2011. It offers two $2,500 scholarships for MSW students. This year's recipients were honored at the Ito Foundation's annual holiday celebration held at the Mariposa: Jennifer Chompko (Advanced Standing, Oʻahu), and Brent Nakihei (MSW Distance Education Program, Molokaʻi). Congratulations, Jennifer & Brent!
Welina Mānoa New Legislator Event

Welina Manoa

B.J. Kim, Theresa Kreif, Kanelehua Kim, Britney Silva, Becky Stotzer, Kaʻala Coleman, Danelle Kealohilani, Hauʻoli Elarco
Welina Mānoa New Legislator Event

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work participated in the Pilot Welina Mānoa New Legislator Event coordinated by Dean Maenette Benham. The school was visited by a staff member from Senator Lorraine Inouye's office, Kaʻala Coleman. Senator Inouye is the island of Hawaiʻi senator from District 4 which covers Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, and Kona.

MBT SSW Student Ambassadors, Britney Silva from the BSW Program and Danelle Kealohilani Stone from the MSW Program, escorted Ms. Coleman around the UH campus including Gartley Hall where presentations were made to show what is happening at the school. Three presentations were made by: MSW student Charna Underwood presenting a student perspective of MBT SSW, Becky Stotzer presented on our Distance Education program, and Kanilehua Kim presented on a Hawaiian Place of Learning.

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Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Welina Gartley Hall Open House



Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Welina Gartley Hall Open House

In the early evening of November 6, 2014, students, community partners, friends and families to the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work were welcomed to Gartley Hall to help celebrate the opening of the school's new home.

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