Publication Date

Summer 2016

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Dr. Raymond Young

Abstract

The purpose of the University of Hawaii at Hilo’ Women’s Center is to provide advocacy, access, education, equity and equality to women and minority students on campus. On March 8, 2016, The Women’s Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo held an International Women’s Day event. During the event, the topic about their experiences here at UH Hilo was brought up. Five of the seven panelists felt like they lacked the knowledge and support of on-campus resources including the Women’s Center. The response to the women’s day event led the Women’s Center staff to investigate further why this was. A needs assessment was conducted by interviewing panelists, reviewing feedback from audience members, discussions from peers and students, discussions with administrators from other offices, an online international female student survey, and on the job observations. The results of our analysis concluded that these women lacked the knowledge and access to equal rights as a UH Hilo student. The UH Hilo Women’s Center created a Diversity and Inclusion workshop designed to address that gap, meet the needs of these students and to fulfill the UH Hilo’s Women’s Center’s vision of creating an inclusive campus. The four-hour workshop will include six topic sessions and will be offered once a year in September. Program design theories will include Tajfel’s Social Identity Theory, Edward Hall’s High/Low Context Culture, and Josselson’s Theory of Identity Development in Women. The curriculum design theory is modeled using Wiggins and McTighe’s Backward Design and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Disciplines

Accessibility | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Gender and Sexuality | Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication | Humane Education | Inequality and Stratification | International and Intercultural Communication | Organizational Communication | Other International and Area Studies | Social Statistics