Sociology graduate student Joy Lacanienta was the winner of the 2013 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Grand Prize - Honololu Chapter. She was awarded $10,000. Congratulations, Joy!
Sociology graduate student Kacy Lavaka was the recipient of another AAUW - Honolulu Chapter scholarship, receiving $4,500. Congratulations, Kacy!
June 24-28, 2013
Undergraduate student Michi Sweeney attened the World Futures Studies Federation conference in Bucharest, Romania. Altogether, there were 11 UH Mānoa attendees who presented at the conference, including. Of the experience, Michi says:
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to have learned from and engaged with so many accomplished scholars and organizational leaders. I would not have had such an incredible opportunity had it not been for the continued mentoring and support from both the KCC and UH Mānoa faculty and networks for student engagement."
March 19, 2013
Beth E. Richie, Ph.D. is Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Professor Richie is an activist-scholar who has been engaged in the women's anti-violence movement for over 25 years, focusing her work primarily on African Americans, women of color, queer and other communities at the margins of society. Author of Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women (Routledge), Dr. Richie posits that Black women in marginalized communities are uniquely at risk of battering, rape, sexual harassment, stalking and incest. In her latest book, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation (NYU Press), Richie argues that the threat of violence to Black women has never been more serious, demonstrating through case studies how conservative legal, social, political and economic policies have influenced both activism in the U.S.-based movement to end violence against women, as well as the gendered, raced, classed structure and "build-up" of the U.S. prison-industrial complex.
Shinji graduated in May 2013 with his Ph.D. He has taught Survey of Sociological Theory, Survey of Social Inequality and Stratification, Sociology of japan, and Analysis in Field Research Methods as a UHM Sociology lecturer while he applies for academic positions. Shinji is also working on a paper that comparatively examines the structure of inequality between Japan and Korea, and another paper that examines how temporary agency work systems in Japan, Korean, U.S. and Germany are designed and regulated differently and how each employment institution has differential impact on the well-being of the workers in each country.
Kiran Sagoo took a position with the East-West Center as a Liaison Officer and relocated to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei in July. She is working for a Brunei-US project on English for ASEAN Integration, managed by the East-West Center and Universiti of Brunei Darussalam. This is a five-year project comprised of a series of initiatives and programs involving all ASEAN countries with the main objective of strengthening ASEAN as a community through the use of English. She is adjusting well to her surroundings and, ever the foodie, has discovered “ayam penyit,” a Javanese styled “smashed” fried chicken, making it her mission to find the best place in Brunei that serves it.
Kiran is a Ph.D. candidate and has been at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa since 2002. She participated in the December graduation ceremony and is currently finishing her revisions (and taking some well-deserved pleasure breaks) on her dissertation entitled, "Ethnic Social Cohesion and Population Health in Post Colonial Plural Societies." Utilizing theories from the fields of ethnic relations, social stratification and the newly developing field of social epidemiology, her dissertation addressed the relationship between ethnic social cohesion and population health in Malaysia, Fiji, and South Africa. She has Masters degrees in Sociology and Asian Studies from UH Manoa. Kiran was greatly appreciative to use her grant last year to offset tuition fees for completion of her degree.
Over the years, Kiran has been an instructor in five undergraduate classes in the Sociology department, teaching Social Stratification, Development and Social Change and the Sociology of Religion. She has also been a teaching assistant in Ethnic Identity, with the Ethnic Studies Department and a course assistant for an introductory sociology course. For the past two years she has worked as a research assistant, supervised by Dr. Sun-Ki Chai, on the Cultural Change and Political Violence project, an interdisciplinary collaborative effort between the departments of sociology, economics, psychology and computer sciences.
Her other involvements with the Sociology Department include, serving on the Graduate Sociology Student Association as a secretary in 2003/4 and representative to the Graduate Student Organization in 2005/6. She also served as a student representative to the Search Committee for a faculty joint appointment in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. So, despite our lapse in sharing news, Gary's scholarship lrns continued to do well and is now fully endowed. This means that it has financial security forever at the UH Foundation. Since our last newsletter, we've been incredibly blessed by generous support from friends and family. Your wonderful contributions have helped with all of these awards and new ones will support students annually.