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Welcome to The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work



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


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2017 DSW Convocation


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MSW & PhD Convocation
2017 DSW Convocation

Congratulation to all of our 2017 BSW, MSW, and PhD Graduates! On May 12, 2017, the Myron B. Thompson Department of Social Work held their annual convocation for BSW, MSW, and PhD graduates. The convocation was held at the UH Campus Center Ballroom.

To view more pictures from the BSW Convocation ceremony, please click on this link to go to our Facebook page.

To view more pictures from the MSW and PhD Convocation ceremony, please click on this link to go to our Facebook page.
2017 Field Instructor Appreciation Luncheon

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2017 Field Instructor Appreciation Luncheon

A luncheon was held at The Willows restaurant in appreciation to all of the MBT DSW Field Instructors. The luncheon was held on April 28, 2017.

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PhD Candidate Sofia Kim Successfully Defends

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PhD Candidate Sofia Kim Successfully Defends

On Thursday April 6, 2017 PhD candidate Sophia Kim successfully passed her final 3 study oral examination. Her dissertation is titled: "Examining the Determinants of Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices among Asian Americans”.

Her committee consisted of Seunghye Hong (Chair), Paula Morelli, Meripa Godinet, Lana Sue I. Kaopua, and Seongah Im (University Representative).

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Bishop Isao Ito

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Bishop Isao Ito: The Univers Foundation

Bishop Isao Ito, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Univers Foundation, an organization dedicated to fostering harmony among the diverse peoples of the world, has been an avid supporter of numerous activities in Hawaii, including Sharing Aloha: Social Work in Hawaii Seminar. In its 14th year of operation, Sharing Aloha is a highly successful academic and experiential learning program for students predominantly from Japan, sponsored by The Univers Foundation, with leadership support from Na Lei Aloha Foundation and MBT SSW faculty Mr. Ron Matayoshi and Mr. Nathan Chang. Bishop Ito is a humanitarian who exudes caring and compassion and consistently demonstrates a commitment to helping others.

In the first picture, he is with a graduate of Sharing Aloha, Dean Noreen Mokuau and Mr. Ron Matayoshi.

In the second picture, he is with all graduates, faculty, and community partners.
2017 March for Science

March for Science

Dr. Colette Browne with Dr. Kathryn Braun from MBTSSW and Dr. Jeanette Takamura of Columbia University.
2017 March for Science

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, members of the MBTSSW community, walked in the March for Science. The march started with various festivities at Bachman Hall at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and concluded with a march from the UH campus to Stadium Park and back to the UH campus.

For more information about the March for Science, please see their website at: http://marchforsciencehawaii.info/

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MBTSSW & PH Faculty Attend American Society on Aging Annual Meeting

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MBTSSW & PH Faculty Attend American Society on Aging Annual Meeting

MBTSSW Professor, Dr. Colette Browne and Public Health Professor, Kathryn Braun, together with Paula Carter and Collette Adams, University of North Dakota, and Nancy Furrow, University of Alaska, presented the workshop titles "Listening to the Underserved: Techniques for Gathering Information to Inform Programming in Aging", to an overflowing audience at the annual program meeting of the American Society on Aging (ASA)in Chicago in March [2017]. ASA is the nation's largest professional membership association in aging. (See Picture)

Dr. Colette Browne was also invited to speak, along with Dr. Kathy Greenly, Assistant Secretary on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, on a panel to discuss "Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders in Aging" at the annual program meeting of the American Society on Aging in Chicago.
MBTSSW Professor Appointed to SSWR Board

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MBTSSW Professor Appointed to SSWR Board

Elizabeth Aparicio, an assistant professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, was elected to the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) board of directors as its first designated early career member (at large).

For more information please click on this link for the entire article at UH News: https://www.hawaii.edu/…/…/13/elizabeth-aparicio-sswr-board/.
Phi Alpha, Nu Sigma Chapter Honor Society ?for Social Work Inductee Ceremony

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Phi Alpha, Nu Sigma Chapter Honor Society ?for Social Work Inductee Ceremony

On April 15, 2017, the Phi Alpha, Nu Sigma Chapter Honor Society ?for Social Work held a dinner and inductee ceremony for its newest members. This event was held at the McCoy Pavilion and was well attended by BSW and MSW student members and their ʻohana.

Congratulations to Nu Sigma members and this year's officers: Candace Young, Jasmin Chang, Natalie Badua, Brianne Lyn Nagamine, Kelli Anne Ganeku, Kim Soito, Shereen Doi, Kaytie Huynh and Irene Martin!
PhD Candidate Passes Doctorial Defense

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Dr. Paula Morelli (Committee Chair) with Richard Alboroto
PhD Candidate Passes Doctorial Defense

Congratulation to Richard Alboroto. On Monday, April 10th, Phd candidate Richard Alboroto passed his final oral examination. His dissertation is titled: "Identification and prediction of child behavior trajectories among children who have experienced maltreatment". His committee consisted of Paula Morelli (Chair), Angela Sy, Min Liu, Elizabeth Aparicio, and Meripa Godinet.
2017 Relay for Life

2017 Relay for Life
2017 Relay for Life

The Phi Alpha, Nu Sigma Chapter SW Honors Society organized a team to participate at the UHM Relay for Life on April 8, 2017. Their membership raised $3,635 for the American Cancer Society and placed 3rd in highest donations with Nikki Woolsey being the top donator for this group! A big shout out to participants: Madeleine Anderson, Wyman Barros, Natalie Joy Badua, Sarah Bonham, Jasmin Chang, Nikia Crollard, Coreen Lei Dijos, Shereen Doi, Kelli Anne Ganeku, Kadijah Harris, Kaytie Huynh, Dionne Malia Infiel, Brittany Kalahiki, Jerolyn Laberinto, Jacqueline U'i Lee, Jessica Mallow, Maleka Mau, Brianne Nagamine, Rattika Ou, Erin Paulin, Marisa Sakuda, Kim Soito, Nicole Woolsey, and Brandi Yamamoto
MBTSSW Gerontology Specialization Annual Meeting

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MBTSSW Gerontology Specialization Annual Meeting

The School's Gerontology Specialization recently held its annual meeting with key leaders in the aging network who collaborate with us in practicum and community sites.

Pictured to the left (top picture) are:
First Row: Vince Lee, Maximum Legal Services, Jennifer Kimora , Veterans Administration, Honolulu.
Second Row: Bobbie Onzuka Anderson, Veterans Administration, Colette Browne, MBT School of Social Work, Honolulu.
Third Row: Charlotte Kuwanoe, Veterans Administration, Jodi Shaw, Kaiser Health Care, John McDermott, State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging, Bum Jung Kim, MBT School of Social Work, all in Honolulu.

The meeting also celebrated the retirement of two outstanding practicum instructors and partners: Charlotte Kuwanoe and Bobbie Onzuka Anderson, pictured here with their mahalo (thank you) cake.
MBTSSW 2002 Alumnus Dr. Masayuki Asai

Dr. Asai with Dean Mokuau
MBTSSW 2002 Alumnus Dr. Masayuki Asai

Dr. Masayuki Asai, a 2002 graduate of our doctoral program, visited the MBTSSW in March 2017 as teaching faculty for Sharing Aloha: Social Work in Hawaii Seminar 14. Dr. Asai has always been gracious in his acknowledgement of his doctoral education at the School, and always makes time to visit with doctoral faculty such as Associate Vice Chancellor of Research Dr. Velma Kameoka and MBTSSW Dean Noreen Mokuau. He has recently been promoted to Full Professor at Meisei University, School of Humanities, Department of Social Work. In its 14th year of operation, Sharing Aloha is a highly successful academic and experiential learning program for students predominantly from Japan led by Mr. Ron Matayoshi, with support from Mr. Nathan Chang and many others. It is sponsored by the Univers Foundation, Na Lei Aloha Foundation and the MBTSSW.
The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Mourns the Passing of Mr. Gordon Ito

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The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Mourns the Passing of Mr. Gordon Ito

The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work mourns the passing of Mr. Gordon Hideto Ito on February 3, 2017, age 72 years.

Gordon and his wife, June, established the Gordon and June Ito Foundation in 2009 to provide annual scholarships for undergraduate nursing students and in 2011, provided scholarships for MSW students of the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at UH Mā noa. Through their generosity, this scholarship has annually funded two $2,500 scholarships to MSW students.

After a successful career in commercial lending for a local financial institution, Gordon made a major career shift and co-founded Oahu Care Facility in 1986, followed by Pearl City Nursing Home in 1995, and Community Case Management Corp. in 2001. Kūlana Mālama, Hawaiʻi's first stand-alone long-term care facility for medically fragile children, opened in 2007. In 2009, Gordon acquired Kōkua Nurses, and in 2014, he added Mālama Adult Day Care to what is now the Ito Healthcare Group.

Services for Gordon Ito are scheduled at Nuʻuanu Memorial Park & Mortuary on Monday, February 27, at 4:30 pm. Visitation will be at 3:30 pm. Arrangements Provided By: NUUANU MEMORIAL PARK & MORTUARY LLC
POP China Internship Presentation/Informational Session

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POP China Internship Presentation/Informational Session

On Monday, January 9, 2017, students presented on their experiences of volunteering at the Prince of Peace Children's Home in China during the summer.

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2017 BSW New Student Orientation (Spring)

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2017 BSW New Student Orientation (Spring)

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work welcomed new BSW students.

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MSW Scholarship Recipients Honored at the Ito Foundation Holiday Celebration on December 9, 2016

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MSW Scholarship Recipients Honored at the Ito Foundation Holiday Celebration on December 9, 2016

Since 2011, the Gordon and June Ito Foundation has generously awarded two MSW students from the MBT School of Social Work each with a $2,500 scholarship. Congratulations to this year's recipients, Haley Unterreiner and Ariel Wallace-Wong. Dinner and festivities were held at the Mariposa Neiman-Marcus.

Photo: Cathy Iwai, Executive Director, Ito Foundation; Haley Unterreiner, MSW Awardee; Ariel Wallace-Wong, MSW Awardee; Noreen Mokuau, Dean, MBT-SSW; Mari Ono, Director of Student Services, MBT-SSW

Margaret Perkinson will lead UH Center on Aging

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Margaret Perkinson will lead UH Center on Aging

The University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work has announced the appointment of Margaret Perkinson as director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on Aging. She will start in this position on January 1, 2017.

To read the full UH News article, click on this link.
Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration Project (HCWEC)

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Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration Project (HCWEC)

Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work is committed to addressing social work shortages in child welfare through its partnership with State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services-Child Welfare Services and announces the revitalization of the Hawaiʻi Child Welfare Education Collaboration Project (HCWEC). ?HCWEC seeks to provide a training pipeline to develop a highly competent workforce in the challenging child welfare field in the state of Hawaiʻi.

Please click on this link to go to the HCWEC website for more information

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To read full Press release click on this link.
MBTSSW 80th Anniversary Gala

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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 Clorinda 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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MBTSSW Reorganized to Include Public Health and Center on Aging

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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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Kenneth Yeung of the Prince of Peace Foundation Donation to the School of Socia Work

Kenneth Yeung with Dean Noreen Mokuau and Prof. Jing Guo

(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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Prince of Peace Donataion

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