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As one of 25 Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers across Hawaiʻi and the U.S., the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will participate in the National Day of Racial Healing. Four members of UH Mānoa’s TRHT Campus Center lead team will present on UH Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi-grounded approach to truth, racial healing and transformation. The Zoom webinar presentation is on Tuesday, January 19, 1–2 p.m. Register on this website.

Presenters include:

  • Kaiwipuni Lipe, UH Mānoa TRHT Campus Center director and Native Hawaiian affairs program officer
  • Sonya Zabala, Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement Office operations coordinator
  • Monica Stitt-Bergh, Assessment and Curriculum Support Center specialist
  • Siobhán Ní Dhonacha, Honors Program faculty specialist and academic advisor

In addition, the TRHT lead team has organized a “TRHT Week of Focus” to highlight significant events from January 17–20. Lipe said the week is packed with dates and events that are important to who we are as Hawaiʻi. January 17 is the date that marks the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom; January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day; January 19 is National Racial Healing Day; and January 20 is Inauguration Day.

“Each of these dates can and do play significant roles in our reality here in Hawaiʻi. Let’s learn about them, talk about them, and decide how we want to engage in them to create healthy and just futures for our keiki,” Lipe said.

To learn more about other National Day of Racial Healing events and to access resources regarding the overthrow, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration, visit the UH Mānoa TRHT Campus Center website.

This effort is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

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