Formed in 1972 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus, the commission expanded to include systemwide representation in 1986. An early statement of its general objective expressed the intention of “raising the consciousness of the campus community regarding the status of women” within the university system.
As part of its reorganization in 1986, the commission developed a more comprehensive mission statement which continues to guide its work. Over the years, the UH Commission on the Status of Women has addressed a wide variety of issues of relevance to the personal and professional well-being of female students, staff and faculty—working in and for Hawaiʻi’s state system of higher education.
Childcare, students on welfare, gender equity in athletics, campus safety and security, equitable practices in hiring, pay, promotion and tenure, access to resources, women’s presence in higher administration, recourse for sexual harassment, development of curriculum in women’s studies, compliance to the mandates of affirmative action and equal opportunity—these issues and more are part of the commission’s history as well as its ongoing agenda for action.
What We Do
The University of Hawaiʻi President’s Commission on the Status of Women is committed to improving the support, well-being, development, and advancement of all women in the university community by actively promoting a safe working and learning environment free of sexism and discrimination through policy, advocacy, and education. (Revised Feb. 20, 2019)
The Commissioners consist of faculty, staff and students appointed by the President of the University of Hawaiʻi, with representatives from our 10 campuses and system offices.
Kelsie Aguilera, Co-Chair, Leeward Community College
David Uranaka-Yamashiro, Co-Chair, Honolulu Community College
Corey Adler, Leeward Community College
Darsh Dave, Kapiʻolani Community College
Courtney Domingo, UH System
Allison Dupre, UH Hilo
Alexis Erum, Kauai Community College
Lisa Fukumitsu, Hawaiʻi Community College
Farrah-Marie Gomes, UH Hilo
Melissa Matsuura, UH Mānoa
Kim Gray, UH Maui College
Celina Herrera, UH Mānoa
Carol Hoshiko, Kapiʻolani Community College
Rene Hutchins, Windward Community College
Alissa Kashiwada, Kapiʻolani Community College
Erika Lacro, UH System
Cu Ri Lee, UH System
Alison Ohata, Kapiʻolani Community College
Judy Oliveira, Windward Community College
Joni Onishi, Hawaiʻi Community College
Cindy Rote, UH Mānoa
Leila Wai Shimokawa, UH West Oʻahu
Wendy Sora, UH Mānoa
Shelley Sutter, Kauai Community College
Kahealani Tani, Windward Community College
Janice Yamada, UH System
Khara Jabola-Carolus, Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women
Malia Kaio, UH Mānoa Women’s Center
Dana-Lynn Koʻomoa-Lange, UH Hilo Diversity Committee
Shaunda Makaimoku, UH Hilo EEO/AA
Mary Perreira, UH Community Colleges EEO/AA
Christine Quemuel, UH Mānoa Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED) Office
Ayu Saraswati, UH Mānoa Women’s Studies
Janice Sunouchi, UH West Oʻahu EEO/AA
Keala Monaco, UH System President’s Designee
Corey Nakamoto, UH Mānoa and UH System EEO/AA
Jennifer Stotter, UH Mānoa and UH System EEO/AA
Education and Advocacy
The Commission fosters awareness, understanding
and recognition of the potential, contributions, special challenges and many roles women play in a university community. It encourages the development and maintenance of women’s issues and topics in the curriculum.
The Commission works to promote and improve healthy and safe campuses, where women can work and study without fear or concern for their physical, mental, and emotional
The Commission celebrates the achievement and recognition of women throughout the university community. The Commission also encourages the inclusion of more women in higher level administration, senior faculty and policy-making positions.
The Commission seeks the equitable integration of women in all areas of study and employment, emphasizing ideals of inclusion and respect at all levels of the organization.
The Commission advocates for full compliance with all state and federal laws regarding affirmative action and equal opportunity for women.