Do you want to help make your campus safer and supportive of students? Are you comfortable sharing your opinions in a small group discussion? We need your voice!

The Project: The University of Hawaii will conduct a research survey of all UH system students early next year about domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and stalking. Our researchers are looking for students to participate in focus groups to help make an informed and quality survey.

The Perks: Participants will receive a $25 gift card from CVS Longs or!


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be an undergraduate, graduate or professional student at any of the University of Hawaii campuses.
  • Must be comfortable speaking in a small-group setting.

Email your Campus Lead or Alan Ellis at to sign up today!

Group ProfileIslandCampus/LocationDateSession TimeCampus Lead Coordinator
Group 1 - Undergraduate Students from Leeward CC, UH West Oahu, and Windward CCO'ahuLeeward Community CollegeTues, 8/2811:00am - 1:00pmFarshad Talebi (
Group 2 - Graduate and Professional StudentsO'ahuUH ManoaWed, 8/2911:00am - 1:00pmDee Uwono (
Group 3 - Undergraduate Students from Honolulu CC, Kapi'olani CC, UH ManoaO'ahuKapi'olani Community CollegeWed, 8/293:00pm - 5:00pmDevon Ishii (
Group 4 - Students from UH Hilo and Hawai'i CCHawai'i IslandUH HiloTues, 9/49:30am - 11:30amJenn Stotter (
Group 5 - Students from UH Maui CollegeMauiUH Maui CollegeTues, 9/43:00pm - 5:00pmDebbi Brown (
Group 6 - Students from Kaua'i CCKaua'iKaua'i Community CollegeWed, 9/511:00am - 1:00pmTeresa Tumbaga (
Group 7 - Filipino StudentsO'ahuUH West O'ahuThurs, 9/611:00am - 1:00pmBev Baligad (
Group 8 - Native Hawaiian StudentsO'ahuUH ManoaTues, 9/1111:00am - 1:00pmDee Uwono (
Group 9 - Survivor Students (from Housing, Athletics, LGBTQ+, Women)O'ahuUH ManoaTues, 9/113:00pm - 5:00pmDee Uwono (
Group 10 - LGBTQ+ StudentsO'ahuUH ManoaWed, 9/1211:00am - 1:00pmLexer Chou (

Focus Group FAQs

A focus group is a small group of people engaged in a roundtable discussion on a selected topic. The session is led by a professional moderator, independent of the university. The
role of the Moderator is to guide the discussion to effectively obtain the opinions of all participants. Focus groups provide a useful means of assessing attitudes and feelings on a
specific topic. The group is limited to 8-10 participants, therefore giving everyone opportunity to contribute in the time allotted.

Absolutely! This is the primary reason the University has contracted with OmniTrak Group, Inc. a local, professional research firm to facilitate the groups. Your candid feedback will be used for research purposes only and never tied back to you individually. In OmniTrak’s summary of the groups, statements such as …the group tended to feel this way or the men in the group reacted this way when shown the stimuli….. will be used. Again, what you contribute will never be tied back to you individually and your name will never be used in the summary.

Yes, the groups will be both audio and video recorded and this is for OmniTrak’s reporting purposes only. The recordings will be used internally at OmniTrak and will not be released.

The feedback from the groups will be used for the purpose of gathering detail and to provide input for the design of a system-wide Campus Climate Survey to be administered in early 2019. There will be no formal summary available. The results of the larger Campus Climate Survey will be made available once the data has been collected and analyzed.