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Spring HELP Symposium slated Friday at UH-Hilo

The Spring HELP Symposium will be presented Friday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo to bring awareness to the needs of Pacific Island communities and the efforts of Pacific Islander college students to engage in community based projects that impact their education and help their community.

The Highly Engaged Learning Placement (HELP) program is part of the high-impact student employment initiative at the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at UH-Hilo.

PISC invited undergraduate students from UH-Manoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies to present research on community based projects they completed as part of the BA capstone project.

These graduating students will discuss projects such as ways voyaging strengthened Pacific communities in Oahu, how teens contribute to family finances with after-school jobs, health care for migrants in Hawaii, coupon-ing to save on household expenses, and several other projects on health, environment, and culture.

The full program, including times and a description of presentations is available at

The symposium also features a special lunchtime keynote presentation — “Pacific Islander Students Navigating Success at UH-Hilo” — by Dr. Denise Uehara.

Dr. Uehara, assistant professor in the College of Education at UH-Manoa, will highlight the preliminary findings from research on Pacific Islander students at UH-Hilo.

The Spring HELP Symposium is sponsored by UH-Hilo’s Pacific Islander Student and Pacific Islands Studies Certificate, and UH-Manoa’s Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Office for Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) and Friends of Operation Manong.

For details, and to register for free, visit Everyone is welcome.

Register early to receive a complimentary parking pass.


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