2nd Annual Grand Challenges Summer Institute (GC18), May 14-16, 2018: Focus on Mālama ʻĀina and Conservation

2nd Annual Grand Challenges Summer Institute (GC18), May 14-16, 2018: Focus on Mālama ʻĀina and Conservation

Theme: Deconstructing the concept of conservation through exploring the meeting of wisdoms between indigenous ancestral knowledge and western empirical sciences.

Hosted at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus

The Annual Grand Challenges Institute is a professional development opportunity for faculty that includes collaborative and individual work time to design practical, usable research and course designs. All participants will be contributors and have opportunities to network and make meaningful connections across disciplines, between campuses, and with community partners and practitioners. We hope to inspire new ways of teaching and learning and support the work of implementing and assessing new assignments, projects, and syllabi.

Participants are expected to:
  • attend & engage in all three days of the Institute;
  • design or improve a syllabus or educational project related to the theme of Conservation; and
  • integrate an active pedagogy and a learning outcomes assessment into the course.
There are three levels of participation for you to consider:
  1. General participant (no specific obligations, no stipend);
  2. Presenter (TED- talk style, poster session, or lead a team or workshop) and/or
  3. Apply to become a GCI Conservation Fellow.
    (Fellows receive a $300 honorarium and are required to fulfill the expectations listed above, submitting revised syllabi and sharing teaching results in spring ’19, while benefiting from a supportive, collaborative community of coaches and colleagues.)

Presentations will be brief inspirational and informational talks or poster presentations focusing on conservation initiatives and engaging pedagogy. All sessions will convey they urgency of dealing with conservation issues in Hawaiʻi and globally and, the need for interdisciplinary research, learning, and collaboration across campuses and with community partners.

We are also pleased to offer an award for the best curriculum/project:

One paid registration fee for participation in the SENCER Summer Institute in Santa Clara, Aug. 2-5, 2018 (value $850)


The Grand Challenges Summer Institute on Conservation synergizes multiple approaches strengthening high-impact pedagogies teaching to important issues of our time.

In addition to local and national discipline experts and practitioners, professional development opportunities are offered by leaders from the national and local Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) initiatives, the UH System Office of Sustainability’s “Many Minds One University” initiative, the Kapi’olani Service & Sustainability Learning Program, the UHM General Education Office, and the College of Social Sciences’ ACCESS Engagement Program.

Completion certificates and letters of documentation are available upon request.

Participants will have an opportunity to obtain a UH Sustainability Focus intake (UHOS Sustainability Curriculum) and Mānoa faculty will be able to complete a SUST cross-listing application with trained staff.


GC18 is sponsored by University of Hawaiʻi and SENCER / NCSCE entities, private donations and grants, and the  “Transcending Barriers to Success” project.