Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.67
Liaison Navin Tagore-Erwin
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Hawaii Community College-Hilo
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Drew Kapp
Instructor, Academic Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Earth Day Fair Coordinator
Social Sciences
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :
Yes

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

The Hawaiʻi Community College does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, and employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited. Hawaiʻi Community College will comply with State and Federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination.

https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/non-discrimination-policy


Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:
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Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:
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Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:

HINET Program:
Hawaiʻi Community College in partnership with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services (DHS) has created a program to deliver assistance and support for college and workforce training. The SNAP Employment and Training program is a federally funded program that is designed to help remove barriers and provide students with access to education and skills training opportunities so they can earn a living wage and achieve financial independence. At Hawaiʻi Community College it is called HINET Ho‘ola Ike (gift of knowledge) program.

The Learning Center:
The Learning Center (TLC) is committed to providing students with a variety of support services which contribute to academic success and learning. Peer tutoring services provide a supportive and encouraging learning environment where students learn effective study skill techniques, become active participants in their learning process, and develop a positive approach toward learning which will facilitate achievement of their academic goals.

Paepae ʻŌhua Native Hawaiian Student Success Center
PAEPAE ʻŌHUA NATIVE HAWAIIAN STUDENT SUCCESS SERVICES (Paepae ʻŌhua) supports Native Hawaiian students as well as all learners, especially those enrolled in HAW/HWST classes and those majoring in AA Hawaiian Studies and/or pursuing the Hawaiʻi Life Styles Academic Subject Certificate (HLS-ASC). Students receive academic advising, financial aid information, peer mentoring including tutoring, indigenous Hawaiian cultural workshops, and other services to support their academic success. PAEPAE ʻŌHUA promotes a holistic Hawaiian cultural foundation experience that empowers learners to maximize their potential by supporting personal development, cultural identity, and academic success. Our services embrace the cultural practices of ʻOhana, family caring and nurturing, and Aloha, love, and respect for each other.


Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:
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Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:
No

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Project Nāʻū: seeks to increase Native Hawaiian student enrollment by offering opportunities for place-based, service-learning activities and increasing engagement and retention and graduation rates through campus-wide activities and improving learning environments.

Mānai-a-Māui: Transforming Institutions with an Indigenous Framework: Hawaiʻi CC, UH Hilo and UH Maui College will collaborate on a joint effort to transform the institutions by incorporating Native Hawaiian culture, values and traditions to impact student success.

Data sources:
https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/sites/default/files/assets/ovcadmin/admin-manual/haw9-900.pdf
https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/i-ola-haloa/paepae-ohua
https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/counseling/hinet
https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/tlc
https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/10/08/native-hawaiian-programs-grant/
https://www.hawaii.edu/hawaiipapaokeao/titleiii/programs/

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