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Hawaiʻi Diaries: Kapiʻolani Community College Site Visit and SENCER Reception

A team of SENCER representatives and practitioners traveled to Hawaiʻi for ten intensive days of meetings, conversations, consultations, and site visits with the state’s students, educators, community partners, administrators, and public figures. The goal of the trip was for the SENCER team to learn about the important and inspirational work Hawaiʻi does to advance science and civic engagement, and to share methods and resources that SENCER can provide to further support existing and future projects. This article represents the third in a series recapping SENCER’s visit to the islands.

While in Hawaiʻi, the SENCER team conducted site visits to a number of the islands’ campuses. The first campus visited was Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC).

Bob Franco (Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness and anthropology professor at KCC, Hui o Moku SENCER team leader) guided the SENCER team to the College’s STEM Center, which was in full bustle on a Monday morning as students worked in peer mentoring groups and tutoring sessions. The Center provides a space where student and faculty interactions are frequent and easy, with faculty office doors purposefully opening into the Center’s common area.

Stephen Carroll (senior lecturer at Santa Clara University, SENCER SALG leader) of the SENCER team held a workshop on the Student Assessment of their Learning Gains (SALG) with KCC faculty, providing information and answering questions about the assessment instrument. While Stephen was discussing the SALG, Amy Shachter (Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs and professor of chemistry at Santa Clara University, SCI-West co-director) made her debut on Hawaiʻi Public Radio. She spoke with Beth-Ann Kozlovich about the many SENCER programs taking place in Hawaiʻi for the talk program “The Conversation”. Amy was invited back on the program for a lengthier interview a few days later, which will be described in more detail in a future article of this series.

Bob then introduced the full SENCER team to KCC’s Chancellor Leon Richards and a group of administrators. A productive discussion followed about SENCER’s impact on individual campuses, NCSCE’s resources and initiatives, and KCC’s challenges, successes, and educational goals.

That evening, Denise Eby Konan (Dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, SENCER Model developer) hosted a reception for the SENCER team. In attendance were local students and educators interested in learning more about the program, and Hawaiʻi State Senator Brian Taniguchi. Guests mingled among student posters showcasing model discoveries in science and society, and formed connections based on shared interests in education reform.

To read the previous articles in this series, click the titles below:

  1. Hawai’i Diaries: SENCER, Sustainability, and the Hawaiian Islands
  2. Hawai’i Diaries: Faculty Institute

Connect with SENCER on Twitter at @SENCERnet.

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