A commitment to preparing the next generation of leaders at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to build equitable communities and jettison racism has been in motion since 2017. The UH Mānoa Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center has been recognized on a national platform for its work in tackling historical and contemporary effects of racism. Starting October 5, TRHT will host free events to help students, faculty, staff and the community better grasp the center’s mission.
TRHT Tuesdays, will alternate between inviting participants to presentations or pilina circles,” said UH Mānoa TRHT Director Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Lipe. “Pilina which can be translated to association or relationship will be a space where individuals can share personal moʻolelo (stories) and listen to others with the hope of re-discovering connections.
“A core tenet of TRHT is uprooting the false belief in a hierarchy of human value. How do we do that? By rediscovering our common humanity, by realizing how interdependent we are, and by rebuilding our connections.”
TRHT presentations will give participants the opportunity to learn about the center’s framework and how it is being utilized.
Due to limited space, participants are asked to register early. Questions can be sent to: email@example.com.
UH Mānoa is one of the first 10 trail-blazing campuses across Hawaiʻi and the U.S. selected to implement ambitious, visionary action plans that prepare the next generation of leaders to heal disconnects caused by racism.
This event is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), Becoming a Native Hawaiian Place of Learning (PDF), two of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.