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Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community

Service Award Winner

Kathy Ferguson, headshot

Kathy Ferguson
UH Manoa

Kathy Ferguson is a professor of political science and serves as the chair of the women’s studies department at UH Manoa. Her activism is tireless and includes service on the Kokua Food co-op board where she used the experience as a model in her Democracy in Organizations class. Ferguson also serves on the P-20 Council, Teacher Education Committee for Social Sciences and the Faculty Ambassador Program.

Ferguson has two children who are dyslexic, and their experiences with public education led her to research dyslexia and support organizations that focus on the understanding of and response to this learning disability. She trained herself in the Orton-Gillingham method and in Project Read to learn how to teach dyslexic learners to read, write and spell. Ferguson embodies the spirit of voluntary service that best exemplifies a broad scholarly life and creates the conditions for a strong and caring community in Hawai‘i.

The Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award has honored faculty members for significant contributions that strengthen ties between the University of Hawai’i and the community.

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Linda Cox, headshot
Linda Cox
Donnalyn Kalei, headshot
Donnalyn Kalei
Roy Kamida, headshot
Roy Kamida


Lee Stein, headshot
Lee Stein
Stephen Wehrman, headshot
Stephen Wehrman


Ralph Kouchi, headshot
Ralph Kouchi
Nelda Quensell, headshot
Nelda Quensell