$1M grant for new economics pathway from Kapi’olani CC to UH Mānoa | University of Hawaiʻi System News – University of Hawaii

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Financial

Front row left to right: Ulla Hasager, Denise Konan, Robert W. Franco, Brandon Marc HigaBack row left to right: Miku Lenentine, Candy Branson, Theresa Greaney, Denise Pierson, Sang-Hyop Lee, Jaclyn LindoA new economics pathway for minority students between Kapiʻolani Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is being created with a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). UH was one of only 10 universities nationwide to receive a five-year grant to support underrepresented groups at vulnerable career transition points who are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NSF held the competition for minority-serving institutions in Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research jurisdictions.
The project, “RII-BEC: Transcending Barriers to Success in Economics (TBSE) for Underrepresented Students: From COVID-Affected to Climate-Resilient,” aims to transfer 100 participants from disproportionately affected groups, including Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos and women.
Miku Lenentine and Winnie Canney at a Kosraean Women’s event as our communities emerge from COVID.
The Economics Bridge Program will encourage students to take enriched introductory courses at Kapiʻolani CC and qualify for tuition-free summer courses at the UH Mānoa campus. Student peer mentors and ambassadors will personalize the pathway from an associate’s degree to a baccalaureate and to expedited graduate studies.
“In Hawaiʻi, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Filipino communities, and on women,” said Bob Franco, co-principal investigator and director of Kapiʻolani CC‘s Office for Institutional Effectiveness. “These four groups are also seriously underrepresented in the field of economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. At the same time, environmental challenges that are further exacerbated by climate change threaten these islands, wider Oceania and coastal communities in Asia and the Americas.”
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Students in Kapiʻolani CC‘s economics cours …

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